Warplanes mount fresh strikes targeting areas in Syria after gas attack killing dozens
The new airstrikes follow what would be Syria’s deadliest chemical attack. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the gas attack.
Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that poisonous gas contamination in the area was the result of gas leaking from a rebel chemical weapons depot after it was hit by Syrian government air strikes.
The Observatory said the chemical attack was carried out by warplanes believed to belong to the Syrian military.
‘UP TO 100 KILLED’
On Tuesday, a suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said.
The Union of Medical Care Organizations, a coalition of international aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria, said the death toll was at least 100.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack killed at least 58 people and was believed to have been carried out by Syrian government jets. It caused many people to choke and some to foam at the mouth.
‘ASSAD TO BLAME’
The US government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack, a US government source said, adding it was “almost certainly” carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The United States, Britain and France on Tuesday proposed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the attack, which they have blamed on Assad’s forces. Diplomats said the resolution would likely be put to a vote on Wednesday.
The Syrian military denied responsibility and said it would never use chemical weapons, echoing denials it has made over the course of the more than six-year Syrian civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands, created the world’s worst refugee crisis and drawn in nations such as Russia, Iran and the United States.
Damascus blamed rebels for the attack.