Sunday 20 May 2018

Mother and two children killed in 'chlorine gas attack' in Aleppo

Fighting continues to rage in Aleppo (AP)
Fighting continues to rage in Aleppo (AP)

Three civilians - a mother and two children - have died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo, a Syrian rescue worker said.

Khaled Harah, a first responder, said a government helicopter dropped four barrel bombs on the Zabadieh neighbourhood on Wednesday night, and one of them released chlorine gas.

The report, which was posted online on Thursday, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that tracks the civil war in Syria, also reported that government barrel bombs struck the neighbourhood. It had reports of two people killed and several people suffering breathing difficulties.

The Observatory made no mention of chlorine gas.

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