According to as yet unconfirmed reports from Syria, poison gas cannisters were fired at a government-held area of Aleppo earlier today, causing at least 15 people to seek treatment for skin burns and breathing problems.
State news agency SANA reported that “shells containing poison gases” had been fired at the residential district of al-Hamdaniya.
SANA did not report any deaths, but pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen channel stated that at least one person died, while 15 others are believed to have breathing difficulties after inhaling the gas. They are now being treated at the local hospital.
News crews in Aleppo report 36 cases of suffocation.
Al Nusra front Islamic extremists (Obama's moderate rebels, funded and armed by the USA) reportedly used the poisonous gas in an attack on the Assad Military Academy in western Aleppo, as a part of a broader pushback against government positions which was launched on Friday.
It is not yet confirmed what gas was used in the attack, but according to Reuters fighting continues in the area. The head of the political office of the Aleppo-based rebel group Fastaqim denied the report of gas being used in the attack. Syrian state media said militants had fired shells containing chlorine gas at a residential area of the government-held western part of the city, al-Hamdaniya. Rebels denied that, and said government forces had fired poison gas on another frontline.
State media cited an Aleppo hospital director saying three dozen people - civilians and soldiers - had suffered suffocation in the alleged rebel gas attack, but did not report any deaths. There are no reports of ISIS activity in the area but as we now know, all the Islamist rebel groups in Syria are closely linked.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organisation that reports on the war, said it had confirmed reports of suffocation among government fighters in two frontline areas shelled by rebels, but it did not know if chlorine gas was the cause.The rebels said the army had shelled rebel-held Rashideen district with chlorine and shared videos purportedly showing victims with respiratory problems.
Aleppo, Syria's biggest pre-war city, has become the main stage of conflict between President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran, Russia and Shi'ite militias, and Sunni rebels including some supported by Turkey, Gulf monarchies and the United States.
A few days ago western media was having hysterics over reports thaa a hospital in which children were being treated had been hit by Russian airstrikes. Things went eerily silent however when the pictures used by pro - Washington news to substantiate the report were found to depict a hospital in Assad held territory that had been shelled by US backed 'moderate rebels.'
‘I’m back from Syria. The media are lying to you.’ Eva Bartlett
Eva Bartlett is a Canadian activist/freelance journalistst. Eva has lived cumulative 3 years in Gaza, spent time in Lebanon and visited Syria 3 times since April 2014. Anti-zionist, anti-imperialist, pro-justice. Find out more about Eva’s trips to Syria on her Websites: InGaza and Syria Solidarity Movement or watch the embedded video from YouTube at the web page linked above ...
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