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Syrian gov't demands UNSC condemnation of rebel chemical attack in Aleppo

Syrian gov't demands UNSC condemnation of rebel chemical attack in Aleppo

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation blamed the attack on insurgents, allegations which rebel officials denied.

Syria accused insurgents of wounding more than 100 people in a suspected toxic gas attack in Aleppo, which a health official described as the first such assault in the city.

Syrian government media also accused rebels of firing shells with chlorine gas at the regime-held town in Aleppo province, with the opposition denying the claims, alleging that the regime gas was accidentally released in the area.

In April 2017, more than 80 people were killed in a sarin attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun - an attack that prompted the United States to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.

The air raids were the first to hit the area since Moscow and rebel backer Ankara agreed to set up the demilitarized area around Idlib in September to prevent a massive regime attack to retake the area.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman's early statement today claimed that the chemical strike targeted the northwestern rural of Aleppo, with mortars being fired from Idlib de-escalation zone late Saturday.

Russian Federation accused "terrorist groups" of being behind the alleged chlorine attack, and carried out the first air raids in months on the outskirts of a major rebel bastion west of the city. There are no deaths, al-Shali said.

A suspected chemical attack by rebels on the government-held Syrian city of Aleppo has left at least 50 civilians with breathing problems and blurred vision.




On Saturday, an AFP photographer saw dozens of civilians, including women and children, stream into an Aleppo hospital, some on stretchers or carried in by their relatives.

A rebel coalition on Sunday denied any involvement.

A Syrian doctor at the Aleppo University Hospital said patients he treated were discharged less than two hours after being admitted, noting that they only displayed mild symptoms.

Rebel commander Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razak added that opposition groups neither have weapons containing poisonous gases nor the capability to launch them.

But the deal's implementation has stalled after jihadists refused to withdraw from the expected buffer zone by a mid-October deadline, and sporadic shelling and clashes have since rocked the area.

The September 17 deal was meant to protect three million inhabitants in the Idlib region, more than half of which is held by an alliance led by jihadists of Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.

Both rebels and the government have blamed each other for chemical attacks and other war crimes throughout the seven-year war, with each side accusing the other of creating fake narratives and carrying out false-flag operations.

It also demanded the UN Security Council take deterring and punitive measures against the countries supporting the rebels in Syria.

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