Wed | Aug 16, 2017

10 killed in Syrian city hit by suspicious gas

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows men breathing with oxygen masks inside a hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Medical workers in the city say the opposition-controlled neighbourhood was struck with chlorine gas Tuesday, though the report could not be independently verified. They treated at least 70 people for breathing difficulties.

BEIRUT (AP):

Syrian activists say at least 10 civilians have been killed in a new air strike on the neighbourhood where a suspected chlorine gas attack struck the previous day.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least one child was among the victims of yesterday's strike on the al-Sukkari neighbourhood in the contested city of Aleppo.

The Aleppo branch of the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue organisation put the initial casualty toll at 20 dead and more than 40 wounded, but disparate tolls are common in the aftermath of air strikes.

Medical workers in the city have said the opposition-controlled neighbourhood was hit with chlorine gas on Tuesday, though the report could not be independently verified. They treated at least 70 people for breathing difficulties. A 13-year-old girl and a 29-year-old man died from further complications yesterday.

Activists and medical workers say Syrian government and Russian jets are behind the attacks.