Syria chemical attack:Russia explanation rejected

Syria chemical attack Russia explanation rejected:Russian claims that a Syrian airstrike on a “terrorist” ammunition depot caused the deaths of at least 70 people have been rejected, as condemnation mounts over what appears to be a targeted chemical attack.

At least 10 children died in Tuesday’s attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, and dozens of people were treated for symptoms of chemical poisoning, including foaming at the mouth and suffocation.
Activists said the Syrian regime dropped a chemical bomb and was responsible for the killings. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said all evidence suggested that the Assad regime was behind a “barbaric act.”
If the incident is confirmed to be a chemical weapons attack, it would be one of the deadliest of its kind since the Syrian war began six years ago.
Syria denies the accusations and Russia says it had no warplanes in the vicinity.

Key developments (TopStories)

  • The attack coincided with a two-day meeting in Brussels on Syria’s future.
  • Medical experts say attack appears to be the result of a nerve agent like sarin gas.
  • UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Syrian regime likely behind attacks.
  • US Sen. John McCain called for President Trump to send strong signal to Assad.
  • UN will hold a Security Council emergency meeting later Wednesday.
The Russian defense ministry claimed on its Facebook page that a Syrian airstrike hit “workshops, which produced chemical warfare munitions” in the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun.
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A child received treatment at a hospital after a suspected chemical attack on Tuesday.
It said that “terrorists” had been transporting the chemical munitions from its largest arsenal to Iraq.
But a chemical weapons expert, Col. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, told the BBC’s Radio 4 that all signs showed the chemical used was sarin gas and that Russia’s versions of events was “completely unsustainable.”
“I think this is pretty fanciful and no doubt the Russians trying to protect their allies. Axiomatically, if you blow up sarin you destroy it,” he said.
Hours after the attack, several people were injured when an airstrike hit near a hospital in the same town, where victims from the earlier attack were being treated, the Aleppo Media center activist group reported.


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Syrian doctors treat a child following the suspected chemical attack.
The Syrian Civil defense rescue group, known as the White Helmets, said the hospital was knocked out of service.
The World Health Organization said some victims showed symptoms consistent with exposure to a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents.
Speaking at a high-level meeting in Brussels on the future of Syria, the UK’s Johnson pointed the finger firmly at the Syrian regime.
“All the evidence I have seen suggests that it was the Assad regime who did it, in full knowledge they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people,”
Johnson said.
“We must accept the paradox of this meeting today. We are all here together trying to assemble a vast .. sticking plaster for Syria when there are still governments here supporting the Assad regime, which is inflicting those wounds and inflicting them with weapons that were banned internationally a century ago.”


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