Four recorded dead in suspected chemical attack in Syria

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A suspected chlorine gas attack, in the Syrian city of Aleppo, has left 4 people dead and another 55 injured.

Manager of Al Quds hospital in Aleppo, Hamza Khatib, told Reuters that they were currently in the process of treating the injured. Clothing of the victims is being collected for analysis.

The attack took place at approximately 7:30pm on Wednesday night when a barrel filled with what is suspected to be chlorine gas was dropped in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Zubdiya. If confirmed, the Zubdiya attack will be the third chemical attack in northern Syria in two weeks.

The use of chemical weapons is prohibited under international human rights law. Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International, Magdalena Mughrabi said that the targeting of civilians in Syria had to stop.

“It is imperative that chemical attacks and other war crimes end now” Ms Mughrabi added.

The use of chlorine gas in war is difficult to track as it quickly disperses and leaves no chemical trace. Between 2012 and 2015 it’s thought that over 2000 Syrians have been injured by chlorine gas attacks.



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