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Rescuers and medics say at least 70 people have died in Syria in a suspected gas attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta.

Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in a basement. It said the death toll is likely to rise.

There has been no independent verification of the reports.

Syria's government has called the allegations of a chemical attack a "fabrication".

The US state department said it is monitoring the "very disturbing" reports, and that Russia - which is fighting alongside the Syrian government - should be held responsible if deadly chemicals had been used.

"The regime's history of using chemical weapons against its own people in not in dispute," said the state department.

It said it believed at least 40 people died, but that the toll may be far higher.

Several medical, monitoring and activist groups reported details of a chemical attack, but figures vary and what happened is still becoming clear.

The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Center tweeted that more that 75 people had "suffocated" while a further thousand people had suffered the effects of the alleged gas attack.

It blamed a barrel bomb allegedly dropped by a helicopter which it said contained sarin, a toxic nerve agent.

The Union of Medical Relief Organizations, a US-based charity that works with Syrian hospitals, told the BBC the Damascus Rural Specialty Hospital had confirmed 70 deaths.(BBC)

  Comments - 12

  • Expatriate Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:25 AM

    The Western countries have been bombing the Middle East since the early 90s and have killed thousands of civilians. Assad in Syria is fighting the terrorists in his own country and the West is shedding crocodile tears for the deaths in Syria.

    SLG Sunday, 08 April 2018 01:20 PM

    Fighting the terrorists in his own country? I'm sorry but the sad truth is it's the innocent civilians and the children who are victimised by the attacks of his government and they definitely cannot be labelled as 'Terrorists'

    Kale Sunday, 08 April 2018 02:28 PM

    Assad and Purin are using chemical weapons on children, that is OK with you then.

    Jaliya Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:35 PM

    I don't think Expatriate understands the actual situation there. His mind is so diluted and biased that the news article wont register in his brain.

    Scooby Doo Monday, 09 April 2018 09:26 AM

    A father killing his own children.

    rajitha7 Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:35 AM

    The Syrian govt is unlikely to do this sort of thing. The Americans, NATO, and Israel are making a case for the continued military intervention by fabricating evidence.

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 08 April 2018 10:47 AM

    Believing in such conspiracy theories is stupid. Assad is known for committing such war crimes. The US Air Force should obliterate his palaces and military bases

    Mano Sunday, 08 April 2018 11:07 AM

    Syrians are wining the war so why on earth they resort to chemical wepons ? The West can’t even come up with any convincing fabrication.

    Nimal Sunday, 08 April 2018 11:45 AM

    The people in Asia and Africa are smart to detect the fabrications of the West. Only the Christian converts whose loyalty is to the West,keep defending the West.

    News junkie Monday, 09 April 2018 09:43 AM

    Just now I am watching CNN news flash,Sriyan air base coming under heavy missile attack but the Americans say it was not their missiles. So the culprit is caught now.It must be Israel,only state with that capability.Hence we can infer the alleged chemical attack too must be from the Israelis to induce the Americans to go agasist Assad.Crime solved.

    Sincere Sunday, 08 April 2018 01:51 PM

    UN has not time to look into it. They have better things to do!

    Keyzer Sose Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:08 PM

    3rd world war will start from Syria.

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