Syria alleges two chemical attacks in separate northern cities

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Published on: 3 Aug 2016 12:48 PM GMT
Syria alleges two chemical attacks in separate northern cities
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Damascus: Two chemical attacks have taken place in northern part of the country. One of them was in the area where a Russian helicopter crashed a day before, killing all five persons on board , according to unofficial reports.

“The cylinders dropped in the first attack were believed to have contained ‘chlorine gases’. Moreover, the assault was carried out at residential regions in Saraqeb city under Idlib province,” a local voluntary ‘search & rescue’ group of the province said in a Facebook post.

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When asked, country’s key ‘military backer’ Russia bluntly denied that the attacks ever took place. “The claims of the chlorine attacks were fabricated by the media,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Five civilians were killed while eight others suffered suffocation after an attack with shells containing toxic gas by the terrorists,” health director Mohammad Hazouri told a local news channel. It was reported by the same media house that two were killed and 17 others were wounded in a separate terror attack in the city on Tuesday last.

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