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Suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria leaves dozens suffocated

A Syrian boy suffering from breathing difficulties is treated at a make-shift hospital in Aleppo. Photograph: (AFP)

Beirut, Lebanon Sep 06, 2016, 07.24 PM (IST)

Syrian government's suspected chlorine gas attack on a rebel-held Aleppo neighbourhood has left one dead and more than 70 people complaining of breathing problems, Al Jazeera reported.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime used a chopper to drop two barrel bombs containing chlorine gas on residents, Al Jazeera quoted rescue workers as saying. 

Images tweeted by Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) showed children being treated for suffocation. 

Although chlorine gas is not technically a chemical weapon, it has caused destruction wherever they have been used.

Before this, there have been two chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the first being in rebel-held Kafr Zita two years back. That time there were contrasting reports about who had done it, although the Syrian government was blamed in some quarters.

Aleppo has been ravaged by war ever since a US-Russia truce crumbled in February. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the city ever since the war started in 2012. 

Meanwhile, fighting raged on in the northwestern province of Idlib, which is largely controlled by the rebels. Eight people, including two children, died due to regime air strikes. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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