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Syria:'Chemical attack' in rebel held Idlib kills dozens including children

 2017-04-04 13:28:17.0

Syria:Chemical attack in rebel held Idlib kills dozens including children

New Delhi: A rocked has slammed into a hospital in the northern Syrian province Idlib where doctors are treating victims of a suspected chemical attack, which has killed at least 58 civilians, including 11 children and injured at least 300.

A toxic gas attack took in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun,about 50km (3o miles) south of the central province of Idlib, early Tuesday morning and the hospital strikes came just hours later.

The Syrian Obervatory quoted medic as saying that they had been treating people with symptoms including fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth.

Syrian activists have released pictures and footage of people suffocating to death in the alleged chemical attack in Idlib. Most of the images are too graphic for publication.

If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.

Syrian military forces have denied that government forces used any such weapons, saying the army 'does not and has not' used chemical weapons 'not in the past and not in the future'.

Damascus has reportedly denied using chemical weapons.

Idlib province is largely controlled by an alliance of rebels including former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

Tuesday's gathering in Brussels has been billed as a follow-up to a donor's conference last year in London, which raised about $11 billion (10 billion euros) for humanitarian aid programmes in the devastated country.


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