Sunday, November 25, 2018

Update: 73 Victims Require Medical Aid After Aleppo Chlorine Shelling,

Medical Teams Provided Help to 73 Civilians After Aleppo Chlorine Shelling

Medical aid was provided to 73 civilians, including four children, after militants' attack with poison-filled shells in the Syrian city of Aleppo, doctor of the emergency department of a hospital in Aleppo, Shervan Sheho, told journalists on Sunday.

"According to updated data, 73 civilians, including four children, were given medical aid after Aleppo shelling. All hospitalized people have difficulty breathing and their eyes were watering. In medicine, this is called a gas allergy," Sheho said.

One of the eyewitnesses of the shelling, Ahmet Mohammed, told reporters that the victims did not immediately feel the first signs of poisoning.

"My brother was at home, he heard that shells were falling, but he thought that nothing terrible had happened. However, after two hours his condition worsened, it became difficult for him to breathe, the ambulance took him to a hospital,” he said.

A resident of Nile Street in Aleppo, Galia Ali said that she was given first aid at the hospital, after which she was able to return home.

"But then my daughter's condition worsened, and my family brought her to the hospital," the woman added.

On Saturday, militants from terrorist groups fired shells, presumably chlorine-filled, at neighborhoods of al-Khalidiye and Al Zahraa as well as the Nile Street. People were hospitalized with asphyxiation and other symptoms typical for poisoning.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters on Sunday that a special army team arrived in Aleppo to "work with the injured taken to medical institutions, monitor the situation in the area where the militants used poisonous substances."

According to the SANA News agency, militants fired shells loaded with chlorine gas at the al-Khalidiye neighborhood.
According to the media report, militants shelled the neighborhoods of al-Khalidiye and Al Zahraa as well as the Nile Stree causing at least 55 people to be delivered to hospitals. The victims suffered from suffocation allegedly caused by chlorine gas.

The city of Aleppo was liberated by Syrian government troops from terror groups in 2016 but militants continue to shell the city from positions in Aleppo’s suburbs.

The Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation said earlier that militants were preparing new chemical agent attacks in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, terrorists from the Turkistan Islamic Party have delivered at least 20 containers with 10 liters of chlorine each to Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry has also warned that the Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, affiliated with the Nusra Front, was planning a chemical attack against civilians in Syria to provoke western nations into retaliating against Damascus.

In October, Daesh terrorists have attacked Nusra Front militants in the Syrian settlement of Ltamenah, killing at least two White Helmets staffers and seizing barrels with chlorine, Russian Defense Ministry said. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the seized chlorine canisters were later transported to the south of Aleppo province and handed over to terrorists of the Daesh-linked Hurras al-Din group.

Western states accused forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad of an attack with the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that rumors of gas poisoning in Douma were spread to justify foreign interference. The general staff of Russia's Armed Forces said it warned of a planned provocation in Syria as early as on March 13.

In response to the alleged chemical weapons attack, the United States, the United Kingdom and France hit a number of targets in Syria.

The international community has voiced concerns about the use of chemical weapons inside of Syria since the alleged use of sarin gas in Damascus in 2013. Following the incident, Syria joined the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal. On January 4, 2016, the OPCW issued a statement confirming that the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons had been completed.

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