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At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, the BBC reported a short while ago quoting a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke.

Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating survivors, medics and activists said.

A Syrian military source denied the government had used any such weapons. Russia's defence ministry meanwhile insisted it had not carried out any air strikes in the vicinity.

If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria's civil war.

The warplanes are reported to have attacked Khan Sheikhoun, about 50km (30 miles) south of the city of Idlib, early on Tuesday, when many people were asleep.

Hussein Kayal, a photographer for the pro-opposition Edlib Media Center (EMC), has told the Associated Press that he was awoken by the sound of an explosion at about 06:30 (03:30 GMT).

When he reached the scene, there was no smell, he said. He found people lying on the floor, unable to move and with constricted pupils, he added.

Mohammed Rasoul, the head of a charity ambulance service in Idlib, told the BBC that his medics had found people, many of them children, choking in the street.

The Syrian Observatory (SOHR) quoted medics as saying that they had been treating people with symptoms including fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth.

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  • Lawry Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:50 AM

    Why can't the people who preserve world order take the Syrian leader Al Assad with a drone attack like they did for Osama Bin Laden. Is he surviving because no one should interfere in the affairs of a sovereign nation? What will make the world take impartial action?

    Roman Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:57 AM

    crimes against humanity!

    Don Simon Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:30 AM

    People dying in any wars. in WW2 , two Japanese cities were nuked. Carpet bombs were dropped in German cities even after defeating. Chemical bombs named Orange agents were dropped in Vietnam. Phosphorus bombs were used in Palestine. See what is happening in Yamen. If you look at a historical terms, no body initiated and involved such wars (all parties) are not innocent. As such, it is not unusual of people dying in conventional wars and in civil wars. It is better to finish wars in shortest possible time even at human cost. So do not get upset.


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