Reportedly, at least 43 civilians have been killed, while 215 others were wounded in a chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The Turkish Anadolu news agency reported that chemical weapons have once again been used on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the news agency, at least 43 civilians have been killed, while 215 others have been wounded in the chemical attack in Idlib province.
The news agency claims, citing a representative of the Idlib’s Office of Civil Defense, Enes Barakat, that the attack was carried out by the Syrian Air Force. According to Barakat, on the morning of April 4, the Syrian Air Force dropped bombs with chloride gas in the vicinity of Khan Shaykhun town, located in the south of Idlib.
At the same time, the Financial Times newspaper reported, citing the so-called White Helmets rescue group, that 50 civilians have been killed, while 250 others have been wounded in the attack. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 58 people, including 11 children, have been killed. The SOHR added that the death toll was likely to rise due to the severity of the injuries.
Later, photos of the victims of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun were published online by the White Helmets defense organisation and the Red Crescent humanitarian movement.
— Dr Kerem Kınık (@drkerem) April 4, 2017
As EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss paying for Syria reconstruction, 18 reported dead after gas attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun. pic.twitter.com/puNgBoWCrT
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) April 4, 2017
Reportedly, the attack’s victims were taken to hospitals in the region.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government told the Reuters news agency and other media that it was not behind the Tuesday’s chemical attack, arguing it had hit a warehouse that was stockpiling chemical agents.
Anadolu also added that 20 civilians were injured as a result of a chemical attack, carried out this night by the “Assad regime” in the area of Al Habit in Idlib province.
The facts of the death of civilians, as well as of the chemical weapons’ usage, are terrible. At the same time, the fact that the chemical attack coincided in time with the collapse of the Islamist forces in northern Hama triggers a question. This is not the first time when such events “accidentally coincide.” Maybe, we should think about who really benefits from such incidents…