Syria state TV says 50 hurt in rebel poi­son gas at­tack

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - World & Nation -

DA­M­AS­CUS, Syria. — At least 50 civil­ians were be­ing treated Satur­day fol­low­ing a sus­pected poi­son gas at­tack by Syr­ian rebel groups on the gov­ern­ment-held Aleppo city in the coun­try's north, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Syr­ian state me­dia.

Most of those ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals had breath­ing prob­lems and blurred vi­sion, doc­tors told state TV.

There was a stench of gas in Aleppo city af­ter pro­jec­tiles were fired, said Rami Ab­dur­rah­man, the head of Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights.

Rebel com­man­ders and op­po­si­tion fig­ures de­nied they lobbed gas into Aleppo and ac­cused Da­m­as­cus of seek­ing to un­der­mine an ex­ist­ing cease­fire. Ear­lier Satur­day, gov­ern­ment shelling of a rebel-held area in neigh­bor­ing Idlib prov­ince killed at least seven civil­ians.

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