Syria Conflict: Aleppo 'Chlorine Gas Attack' Investigated

تم نشره في Thu 11 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Civilians breathe through an oxygen mask, after a hospital and a civil defence group said a gas, believed to be chlorine, was dropped alongside barrel bombs in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syria, early August 11, 2016. - (Reuters)

CAPITALS — The UN is investigating evidence of a toxic gas attack on a rebel-held area of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Rebels said the attack - which reportedly left four people dead and many injured - was carried out by government forces using chlorine gas.

The UN special envoy for Syria said a chlorine attack, if confirmed, would amount to a "war crime". Footage obtained by the BBC shows people with breathing difficulties receiving treatment at a hospital.

Men, women and children are shown being fitted with oxygen masks by medical staff.

The gas is thought to have been chlorine dropped in a barrel bomb, said the Syrian Civil Defence - volunteer emergency response workers who operate in opposition-held areas.