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‘Chemical attack’ in Syria kills at least 35 people

Opposition says government or Russian jets pounded the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib.
'Chemical attack' in Syria kills at least 35 people

At least 35 people, including nine children, were killed in an air raid that released “toxic gas” on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday, a monitor said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Al Jazeera.

Tuesday’s attack caused many people to choke or faint, and some had foam coming out of their mouths, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing medical sources who described it as a sign of a gas attack, according to the report.

Damascus has repeatedly denied using such weapons.

The monitoring group, which monitors the war through a network of contacts on the ground, was unable to confirm the nature of the substance.

Syrian government or Russian jets pounded the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idib in the morning, the monitoring group said.

The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Sunday, suspected Russian fighter jets bombed a hospital in a city in the northern province of Idlib, wounding several people, a rescue group said.

At least ten people were wounded when three strikes targeted the main hospital in Maaret al-Numan, destroying the building, a Syrian Civil Defence official told Al Jazeera.

The Syrian Civil Defence, a rescue group also known as the White Helmets, operates in opposition territory.

“For the past week, Idlib has been targeted by ongoing air strikes, and after yesterday’s attack, one of its main hospitals has been mostly destroyed and can no longer function,” Majid, another member of the Syrian Civil Defence, said.

Over the past year, Doctors Without Borders has received reports of at least 71 attacks on at least 32 different health facilities, which it runs or supports in Syria.