Dozens reported killed in alleged gas attack in Syria, military denies involvement (PHOTOS)

Pro-opposition groups in Syria have reported that Damascus launched a gas attack on rebel-held Idlib, killing at least 58 people, with various media reporting that a rocket later hit a hospital treating the victims. A Syrian military source has denied the claims.

The attack reportedly killed at least 58 people, including 11 children under the age of eight, according to medical workers and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as cited by Reuters.

The head of Idlib’s health authority, Mounzer Khalil, also said the attack killed more than 50 people and injured more than 300 others.

Many of the victims were seen to be choking and fainting following the attack, and some had foam coming out of their mouths, according to medical sources who described the symptoms as related to a gas attack, as cited by media reports.

Despite claims from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other pro-opposition groups, a Syrian military source told Reuters that Damascus had not used chemical weapons, and dismissed the accusations as rebel propaganda.

The army “has not and does not use them, not in the past and not in the future, because it does not have them in the first place,” the source said.


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