Deadly chemical strike reported in rebel-held Syrian region  

10:29 • 27.02.18



Horrifying pictures have emerged showing young victims of an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held village in Syria.


A rescuer is shown cradling a little boy in his arms after the child was killed during airstrikes on al-Shifuniyah in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, the Daily Mail reports.

Medics said the youngster was poisoned to death in a gas attack as dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces continue their deadly assault on the region. 


Shocking photos also show children and babies gasping for air and using breathing apparatus at a make-shift hospital.

 

It comes as the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was “high time to stop this hell on earth”, calling for implementation of a 30-day ceasefire. 


At least 13 people showed symptoms following intense regime bombardment, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a medic who treated those affected.


The Syrian American Medical Society, which supports a hospital in the besieged area, posted pictures on Twitter of small children using breathing apparatus.

 

“We confirm that 16 patients, including 6 children and 4 women, suffering from symptoms indicative to exposure to chemical compounds were treated' at the facility, it said.


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says President Vladimir Putin has ordered daily “humanitarian pauses” in the rebel-held area.


Shoigu said in a statement on Monday that the cease-fire will be arranged for the suburb of the capital Damascus between 9am and 2pm every day starting Tuesday. 


He also said Russia will help set an evacuation route for civilians in the area.


The announcement comes two days after the UN Security Council unanimously approved of a
resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.


Eastern Ghouta has been under intensive bombing by government forces for weeks and at least 10 people have been killed on Monday as airstrikes and bombing resumed, according to local activists.

 

The Syrian government has consistently denied using chemical weapons in the war, which will soon enter its eighth year having killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced half of Syria's pre-war population of about 23 million from their homes.


Russia, which has backed Assad since 2015, said on Sunday that militants in the area were preparing a “provocation” involving the use of chemical agents. According to Tass, the militants were planning to blame the attack on the regime.

 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday the situation in Syria's Eastern Ghouta was highly alarming and militants there were using local civilians as hostages.


“The terrorists are not laying down their weapons, they are holding the local population as hostages, this is the main cause of a very tense situation,' he told a conference call with reporters. 

 

The harrowing images also show a White Helmet volunteer spraying water on a dead child to get rid of the smell of toxic gases

At least 14 civilians including three children were killed in strikes on Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, bringing the total number of dead in the week to 530, among them over 130 children. Pictured: Children being treated after a suspected chemical attack

A Syrian medic holds the body of a child at a makeshift clinic following a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held village of al-Shifuniyah

Shocking photos also show children and babies gasping for air and using breathing apparatus at a make-shift hospital in the bomb-ravaged region

At least 13 people showed symptoms following intense regime bombardment, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a medic who treated those affected

The Syrian American Medical Society, which supports a hospital in the besieged area, posted pictures on Twitter of small children using breathing apparatus

Medics said that 16 patients, including 6 children and 4 women, were suffering from 'symptoms indicative to exposure to chemical compounds'

Desperate civilians trapped in one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war awaited aid and medical help toda yafter regime air strikes pounded rebel-held areas despite UN ceasefire demands

Health authorities in eastern Ghouta said several people had suffered symptoms consistent with chlorine gas exposure, killing one child

Russia has claimed that allegations the Syrian government was responsible for any chemical attack were aimed at sabotaging the truce

The Syrian government has consistently denied using chemical weapons in the war, which will soon enter its eighth year having killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced half of Syria's pre-war population of about 23 million from their homes

Children receive treatment following the suspected gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta on Sunday

UN chief Antonio Guterres, who has described Eastern Ghouta under the bombardment as 'hell on Earth,' said the ceasefire must be 'immediately' implemented

An inquiry had previously found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that ISIS militants had used mustard gas

A war plane belonging to Bashar al-Assad's forces is seen flying overhead after airstrikes over Eastern Ghouta on Sunday

Fighting has continued in Syria since Saturday's Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it would not apply to the army's battle with "terrorists" in eastern Ghouta 

A rocket is seen wedged into the a street after it was dropped on Douma on Sunday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, has steadily clawed back control of areas where his opponents rose up against his rule in 2011  A rocket is seen wedged into the a street after it was dropped on Douma on Sunday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, has steadily clawed back control of areas where his opponents rose up against his rule in 2011





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