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Tuesday 23 September 2014

New poison attack on a Syrian town just hours after Assad probe pledge

Gaziantep

Published 01/05/2014 | 02:30

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A woman affected by a chlorine and ammonia gas attack on the town of Telminnes breathes through an oxygen mask at Bab al-Hawa hospital last month.  REUTERS/Amer Alfaj
A woman affected by a chlorine and ammonia gas attack on the town of Telminnes breathes through an oxygen mask at Bab al-Hawa hospital last month. REUTERS/Amer Alfaj

SYRIA'S regime attacked a further town with poison gas yesterday, killing at least one person and wounding 70, according to video footage said to have been filmed at the scene.

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The raid came only hours after President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to allow independent experts to investigate such incidents.

A helicopter dropped two gas bombs on the town of Al-Tamanah in the early hours, according to local activists who said this was the third such attack.

Al-Tamanah is less than 15 miles from the villages of Kafr Zita and Talmenes, where independent tests established that chlorine and ammonia gas were used in three separate raids last month. The alleged use of chemical weapons is further evidence Assad's forces are gassing civilians in rebel-held towns in the provinces of Idlib and Hama.

William Hague, the UK foreign secretary, demanded immediate access to the sites of the attacks for experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Experts who have tracked the Syrian conflict closely, believe the number of recent gas attacks has risen to double figures. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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