Suspected chlorine gas attack chokes dozens in Aleppo

Suspected chlorine gas attack chokes dozens in Aleppo

It grows with the same citadel at the center, " she said.

Medical staff members described seeing people with symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, sneezing, irritation of the eyes, nausea and in some cases respiratory failure.

The opposition Aleppo Media Centre charged on its Twitter account that Sukkari was the target of a chlorine attack.

Medical workers in the city have said the opposition-controlled neighborhood was hit with chlorine gas on Tuesday, though the report could not be independently verified.

That followed an attack the day before that left dozens choking in the rebel-held Sukkari district of Aleppo city, with the opposition accusing the regime of dropping chlorine gas.

In London on Wednesday, Syrian opposition leaders unveiled a plan for a political transition created to bring an end to the war.

Hijab concedes there are formidable obstacles hindering implementation of the plan.

Meanwhile, SANA reporter in Aleppo said the army units and the supporting forces later continued to advance in the southern countryside of Aleppo province, establishing control over al-Talleh al-Safra' (hill) to the east of Maarata amid clashes with the terrorist groups in the surroundings of the storehouses in the vicinity of the hill. Moscow underscores the operation has not been sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council or the Syrian government.

When the Assad regime agreed to surrender its chemical weapons stocks in 2013, chlorine was not on the list, in part because it's a widely used industrial chemical.

Syria's five-year war has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced 11 million, half of Syria's pre-war population, while drawing in world and regional powers, inspiring jihadist attacks across the world and sparking an worldwide refugee crisis. The U.S. supports rebels fighting to overthrow Assad and has called on him to step down. "The fact the worldwide community did nothing has encouraged him and encouraged Islamic State to do the same".

The first death reported from the gas attack in Sukari was that of Abdulkareem Afefa, 29. "Everyone was scared", said Mr Abdulkafi Hamdo, an Aleppo activist who arrived in the area shortly after the attack.

"I blanked", he said.

"Some people think that if they told the world that they are being killed, Assad will drop many weapons on them", he said.

JFS is winning the hearts of the population in Aleppo city by fighting to protect them from an offensive launched by Assad with the help of Russian Federation and Iran, while the United States sits on the sidelines.

The sputtering negotiations over a cease-fire include a Russian proposal for civilians to leave the area; residents fear they will never be allowed back.

The city has always been divided between government and opposition areas of control.

Johnson says in The Times column that Assad can have no part in a future government in Syria. That averted a US military strike in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

Accusations of chemical attacks have been a fixture of the Syrian conflict with both the government and rebels blaming the other during the past five years.

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