Published: Sun, November 25, 2018

Syria accuses rebels of poison gas attack in Aleppo

Syria accuses rebels of poison gas attack in Aleppo

"We at the National Liberation Front deny the criminal, lying regime's allegations that revolutionaries targeted the city of Aleppo with any missiles and especially not any containing chlorine gas", it said.

Syrian state TV previously said that 21 people had been injured, but people continued to arrive at a hospital in Aleppo where state TV was airing live. One doctor said two were in critical condition, including a child.

A joint team from the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accused Syria's government of using chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015, and the nerve agent sarin in an attack in April 2017 in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed about 100 people. Text the word "Farmers" to 22071.

An unnamed doctor told the same outlet that a poisonous gas was believed to have been used, but tests were needed to determine what kind.

The Syrian regime and rebels have blamed each other for the attack, which left many suffering from breathing problems, eye inflammation and fainting.

Most of those admitted to hospitals had breathing problems and blurred vision, doctors told state TV.

Batal called it the first such gas attack hitting civilians in Aleppo city during the conflict, which has raged for more than seven years.

"Terrorist groups shelled residential areas in Aleppo with explosive projectiles containing toxic gas that led to civilians choking", Cmdr.

On Saturday, an AFP photographer saw men, women and children being treated at an Aleppo hospital for breathing difficulties.

Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razak, an official from the Nour el-Din al-Zinki insurgent faction, said rebels did not own chemical weapons or have the capacity to produce them.

The government accused rebels of using gas in a 2013 attack on Khan al-Assal, a village south-west of Aleppo city, that killed 25 people. "This is purely a lie", he tweeted. On Twitter, he accused the government of staging the attack to frame the rebels.

Head of Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said there was a stench of gas in Aleppo city after projectiles were fired.

Russian Federation said the chemical attack had been launched from an area in the Idlib de-escalation zone controlled by Nusra Front militants.

Other groups in the area include the jihadist-dominated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance and the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen group, neither of whom have commented on the alleged attack.

Syrian rebels have dismissed government accusations they used poison gas to attack government-held Aleppo city.

The UN-OPCW team also accused the Islamic State extremist group of using mustard gas twice in 2015 and 2016.

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Assad's government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the war.

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