Syrian regime said to strike civilians with ‘toxic gas’
search

Syrian regime said to strike civilians with ‘toxic gas’

5 treated for 'suffocation' after raid in Saraqeb, says Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Illustrative: Blood stains on the ground next to trucks loaded with sacks of potatoes standing abandoned, after their windows were blasted from their frames following airstrikes by government forces which hit the vegetable market of the town of Saraqeb in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, on January 29, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR)
Illustrative: Blood stains on the ground next to trucks loaded with sacks of potatoes standing abandoned, after their windows were blasted from their frames following airstrikes by government forces which hit the vegetable market of the town of Saraqeb in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, on January 29, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR)

Five civilians were treated for “suffocation” Sunday, after Syrian regime air strikes on the northwestern town of Saraqeb, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a “foul smell, after regime helicopters struck several areas of the town in Idlib province, causing five civilians to suffer from suffocation.”

It quoted residents and medical sources as saying “toxic gas” was used in the attack, without elaborating.

Syrian regime air strikes also killed six civilians in the town of Maarat al-Numan in the southern countryside of Idlib province, the Observatory said, causing damage to the main hospital there.

The facility had stopped working until repairs could be carried out, the war monitor said.

The latest developments come as the United States this week accused the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons on opposition forces near the capital Damascus.

The Syrian foreign ministry denied the accusations as “lies.”

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on Friday that his government was concerned sarin gas may have been recently used in Syria, citing reports from NGOs and rebel groups.

Mattis said, however, that the United States has no proof to support these accusations.

Last month, 21 people were treated for respiratory problems after rockets were fired on the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus.

read more:
comments