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Women, Children Suffer From Chlorine Gas Attack In Syria

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – About 30 people, including women and children, have been affected as the barrels suspected to contain chlorine gas were dropped on Saraqeb in Idlib province town of Syria.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the sinister act, which was confirmed by a physician and rescue workers.

Chlorine gas has potency to disturb cardiac system of the victims, which result to short of breath and foaming of blood from the mouth.

The attack occurred near the location where a Russian military transport helicopter was shot down by
suspected rebels on Monday. Five persons who were on board died in the attack.
The incident was the biggest single loss of life suffered by Russian troops since they entered the conflict in Syria last year and fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.

The government forces and some rebel groups have denied using of chemical agents.
The physician, Dr Abdel Aziz Bareeh, who works in Saraqeb, confirmed that two barrels of chlorine gas were dropped on the town late on Monday.

He confirmed 28 victims mostly, women and children.
However, a Spokesman for Syria Civil Defence claimed 33 people had been affected in the attack.

The organization of volunteer rescue workers said it suspected the barrels contained chlorine but was unable to confirm it.

Chlorine is a common industrial chemical, but its use in weapons was banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Meanwhile, clashes rage near Aleppo, as rebels have continued to launch an offensive to break the government siege.

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