Syria denies dropping chemical bombs on Aleppo

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The Syrian government has denied claims it
dropped barrels of chemical weapons on an
opposition-held neighbourhood in Aleppo city
that
has caused at least one death and dozens of cases
of suffocation.
A video obtained by Al Jazeera shows what
activists say is the aftermath of an attack in the
rebel-held al-Sukkari neighbourhood in eastern
Aleppo.
The activists say the Syrian government used a
helicopter to drop two barrel bombs loaded with
gas on residents, killing at least one person and
injuring more than 100.

Rescue workers also said government helicopters
dropped suspected chlorine bombs on the
neighbourhood on Tuesday.
The Syrian Civil Defence and the Syrian American
Medical Society posted videos and photos on
social media showing children doused in water
using oxygen masks to breathe.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, which tracks daily developments in the
Syrian war, said more than 70 people in Sukkari
were left choking and needed treatment after the
dropping of barrel bombs by Syrian government
helicopters.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the
Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syria-Turkey
border, said: “Activists on the ground are saying
that victims that were rushed to the hospitals are
experiencing breathing difficulties.
“They say that symptoms are the same that they
have experienced in the past and this led them to
believe that this is a chlorine gas attack.”
The opposition Aleppo Media Centre also charged
on its Twitter account that Sukkari was the target
of a chlorine attack.
The Syrian government has vigorously denied
using chemical bombs.

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