Monday 26 June 2017

Syrian state media say militants fire poison gas in Aleppo

This still image taken from undated drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)
This still image taken from undated drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)
This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)
Rebel fighters ride a vehicle after they took control of Dahiyet al-Assad, west Aleppo city, Syria October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
An abandoned vehicle is seen on a road after rebel fighters took control of Dahiyet al-Assad, west Aleppo city, Syria October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A view shows a damaged minaret of a mosque after rebel fighters took control of Dahiyet al-Assad, west Aleppo city, Syria October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Tom Perry

Syrian state media said militants fired poison gas at a government-held area of Aleppo on Sunday, causing 35 people to choke, a report which a rebel official called a lie.

State news agency SANA said "shells containing poison gases" had been fired at the residential district of al-Hamdaniya.

It did not report any deaths. The head of the political office of the Aleppo-based rebel group Fastaqim denied the report.

Rebels launched a major counter-attack against government forces in Aleppo on Friday, aiming to break a siege on the insurgent-held eastern sector of the city.

This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)
This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)

An array of rebels are taking part in the attack, including groups fighting under the Free Syrian army banner and Islamist militants.

Rebel fighters ride a vehicle after they took control of Dahiyet al-Assad, west Aleppo city, Syria October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Rebel fighters ride a vehicle after they took control of Dahiyet al-Assad, west Aleppo city, Syria October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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