Syria war: At slightest 70 killed in suspected chemical conflict in Douma

Media captionDouma children treated after chemical attack

At slightest 70 people have died in a suspected chemical conflict in Douma, a final rebel-held city in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say.

Volunteer rescue force a White Helmets tweeted striking images display several bodies in basements. It pronounced a deaths were expected to rise.

There has been no eccentric corroboration of a reports.

Syria has called a allegations of a chemical conflict a “fabrication” – as has a categorical ally, Russia.

The US state dialect pronounced Russia – with a “unwavering support” for Syria’s supervision – “ultimately bears responsibility” for a purported attacks.

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What do we know about a attack?

Several medical, monitoring and romantic groups reported sum of a chemical attack.

“Seventy people suffocated to genocide and hundreds are still suffocating,” pronounced Raed al-Saleh, conduct of a White Helmets. An earlier, now deleted tweet, put a series passed during some-more than 150.

The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Center tweeted that some-more than 75 people had “suffocated”, while a serve 1,000 people had suffered a effects of a purported attack.

It blamed a tub explosve allegedly forsaken by a helicopter that it pronounced contained Sarin, a poisonous haughtiness agent.

The Union of Medical Relief Organizations, a US-based gift that works with Syrian hospitals, told a BBC a Damascus Rural Specialty Hospital had reliable 70 deaths.

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Pro-government army are fighting to expostulate rebels out of Douma

A mouthpiece pronounced there were reports of people being treated for symptoms including convulsions and foaming of a mouth, unchanging with haughtiness or churned haughtiness and chlorine gas exposure.

Continued shelling overnight and on Sunday was creation it unfit to strech victims.

As a allegations emerged, Syria’s state news group Sana pronounced a reports were invented by a Jaish al-Islam rebels who sojourn in control in Douma.

“Jaish al-Islam terrorists are in a state of fall and their media outlets are [making] chemical conflict fabrications in an unprotected and unsuccessful try to hinder advances by a Syrian Arab army,” Sana said.

Has a Syrian supervision used chemical weapons before?

In Aug 2013, rockets containing a haughtiness representative Sarin were dismissed during rebel-held areas of a Eastern Ghouta, murdering hundreds of people.

A UN goal reliable a use of Sarin, though it was not asked to state who was responsible. Western powers pronounced usually Syrian supervision army could have carried out a attack.

In Apr 2017, some-more than 80 people died in a Sarin conflict on a opposition-held city of Khan Sheikhoun, and a corner exploration by a UN and a Organization for a Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) hold a Syrian supervision responsible.

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About 80 people died and many some-more were harmed in a conflict on Khan Sheikhoun

Activists, medics and a US contend Syrian supervision army forsaken bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas on rebel-held towns in early 2018.

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The corner UN-OPCW goal is questioning a reports. It formerly found that supervision army have used chlorine as a arms during slightest 3 times during a seven-year polite war.

The Syrian supervision has regularly denied ever carrying used chemical weapons. It maintains that a whole chemical arsenal has been destroyed.

Could there be repercussions for Damascus?

Following a latest attack, the UK Foreign Office urged an general response.

But Russia pronounced allegations of a chemical conflict “were staged”.

US President Donald Trump systematic a journey barb attack opposite Syria following a Khan Sheikhoun conflict a year ago. Last month, the Washington Post journal reported that Mr Trump had discussed a probability of another American attack on Syria with tip confidence officials, though motionless not to take action.

Days later, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned that it would be “unwise” for Syria to launch chemical attacks.

French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to strike Syria if a supervision uses chemical weapons opposite civilians.

What’s function in Douma?

Douma is a final rebel-held city in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region, and is underneath encircle from Russian-backed Syrian supervision forces.

An heated aerial and belligerent attack launched on Friday, after talks between Moscow and a rebels pennyless down, is pronounced to have killed dozens of people.

Before negotiations failed, Jaish al-Islam had been perplexing to secure a understanding that would let a members stay in Douma as a internal confidence force.

More were feared to have been killed in new shelling on Sunday.

State media pronounced 6 civilians had also died in insurgent shelling of a collateral Damascus, with 38 injured. Jaish al-Islam denied it was responsible.

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Syrian state media pronounced civilians in a suburbs of Damascus had been killed and harmed by insurgent trebuchet fire

Forces constant to President Bashar al-Assad have recaptured roughly a whole Eastern Ghouta segment by a extreme descent that started in February.

More than 1,600 people are reported to have been killed and thousands injured.

Media captionSyrian children from Eastern Ghouta regulating amicable media