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Suspected gas attack on Syria's rebel-held Idlib kills at least 58
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say 11 children among the dead; monitoring group says attack caused many people to choke or faint, and some had foam coming out of their mouths; Syrian regime denies allegations of chemical weapon use.

BEIRUT - A suspected Sarin gas attack by Syrian government or Russian jets killed at least 58 people, including 11 children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a British-based war monitoring group said.

 

 

Sky News in Arabic put the death toll at over 100, with over 400 others injured.

 

The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment. Damascus has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.

  

 

The attack caused many people to choke or faint, and some had foam coming out of their mouths, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing medical sources who described it as a sign of a gas attack. 

 

The air strikes also wounded more than 60 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, the Observatory said.

 

Activists in northern Syria circulated pictures on social media showing a reported victim with foam around his mouth, and rescue workers hosing down almost naked children squirming on the floor.

 

A Syrian military source said last week allegations that government forces were using chemical weapons were "devoid of truth".

 

Pro-opposition Orient News television said the attack on Tuesday killed 50 people and injured more than 150.

 

 

 

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