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Rescuers accuse Assad forces of attacking Ghouta with chlorine gas

Rescuers accuse Assad forces of attacking Ghouta with chlorine gas
Rescue workers in a Syrian opposition-held enclave near Damascus accused Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad government forces of launching an attack with chlorine gas that affected at least 13 people, the New York Post newspaper reported.

Gases released during a dawn rocket attack caused cases of suffocation.

The civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from the Douma district early, Syrian Civil Defense said.

The activists claimed chlorine gas was used in the attack. Health officials said people had symptoms that “suggest they have been exposed to chlorine gas inhalation.”

A foul smell followed several bombings that struck the neighborhood, activists said.

Douma is in the eastern Ghouta, a suburb east of Damascus where almost 400,000 people have been under siege by Assad's forces and allied militia since 2013.

Eastern Ghouta is the last major opposition position close to the capital.

In the past two years, a joint probe by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has found Assad's regime has used the nerve agent sarin. It also said ISIS has used sulfur mustard.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting and more than 10 million displaced, according to the UN.
Last Modified: Tuesday، 23 January 2018 11:57 AM