Russia accuses rebel group for Aleppo chemical gas attack
Russian military has informed the US that the rebels had used the ‘toxic substances’ during their firings at government holdings in the city of Aleppo, according to media reports.
Nour Addien al-Zinki rebel group has been blamed for carrying out the attacks that killed five civilians and left eight others suffering from suffocation due the poisonous attack on Wednesday.
Another chemical attack in Saraqeb in Idlib provice had come to light after an activist group said a chlorine gas attack had been carried out. It was unclear if the attacks had any connection.
Anti-regime, voluntary search-and-rescue group Idlib Civil Defence had posted on Facebook on Tuesday say: “Cylinders suspected of containing chlorine gas were dropped in the residential areas in a northern Syrian city on Tuesday.”
Both sides have repeatedly traded accusations about the use of chemical materials in the battles.
Aleppo has seen intensified battles and violence recently with the government troops tightening the noose on the rebel-held areas in the eastern part, while the rebels unleashed several offensives to break government siege on rebel-held areas, Xinhua news agency reported.
SANA said the air force carried out 100 air strikes on rebel positions in the countryside of Aleppo on Wednesday, managing to foil a wide-scale offensive of the rebels, the third to hit within a couple of weeks.
After the August 2013 gas attack that killed hundreds of people in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus, the Syrian government had turned over its entire chemical stockpile under a deal negotiated by Russia and United States. The operation was overseen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
(With inputs from IANS and Agencies)