UPDATE: The fresh nubmers say that 107 civilians suffered asphyxiation, including many women and children.
At the late hours of November 24, unknown militants launched several rockets containing chlorine gas at residential areas in the northern part of Aleppo city, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“Terrorist groups fired rocket shells containing toxic gases at al-Khalidiye and al-Neel Street neighborhoods in Aleppo city,” the SANA said in a press release.
The reporter of the Syrian News TV in Aleppo said that 75 civilians, including at least 14 children, were intoxicated as a result of the chemical attack. The injured civilians were reportedly transported to the hospitals of Aleppo University and al-Razy.
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Few hours after the attack, local sources said that a group of experts had arrived in Aleppo to examine the attack site and the victims. This indicates that the Damascus government is planning to call for an international investigation into this incident.
Russia and the Damascus government warned earlier this year that radical militants in northern Syria have received chemical materials, including chlorine, from Western countries. Furthermore, two days ahead of the attack in Aleppo, a report by the Russian news outlet Sputnik warned that French militants-experts have armed several rockets with chemical warheads in southern Idlib.
In its first response to the chemical attack, the SAA shelled several positions of the militants in the western Aleppo countryside and the southeastern Idlib countryside. A much more serious response is expected in the upcoming few hours.