Dozens of people, mostly women and children, have been taken to hospital in Saraqeb, in Syria’s Idlib province, after chlorine gas bombs were dropped on the city.
A rescue service, operating in rebel-held territory, told Al Jazeera that helicopters dropped containers of the toxic gas overnight on Tuesday.
Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defence group, reported that 33 civilians, including 18 women and 10 children, were brought to a local hospital after the attack.
“Just before midnight, helicopters dropped five explosive barrels containing cylinders of chlorine and shards of metal on neighbourhoods in Saraqeb,” he said.
“We suspect it was chlorine because of the smell and the nature of the injuries – suffocation and burning, red eyes. Members of the civil defence brought them all to the nearby hospital.”
According to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), there have more than 160 chemical attacks in Syria since the conflict began in 2011.
“The 161 documented chemical attacks have led to at least 1,491 deaths and 14,581 injuries from chemical exposure,” SAMS said in a report published in March.
In addition to the 161 documented in the reported, another 133 chemical attacks were reported, but SAMS said the claims “could not be fully substantiated”.
- Pray for the victims of this latest attack in Syria, and for the residents of the town of Saraqeb, as they live in fear of further attacks. Pray for peace, comfort and healing, and for an end to these brutal attacks.
- Pray for all involved in the fighting in Syria to be willing to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing war.
- Pray for an end to the siege of towns around Syria, and for humanitarian aid, food and medical supplies to reach those who are in desperate need.
- Pray for Syria, for our God to intervene on behalf of this nation, to bring peace, hope to rebuild the ruins and healing for her people.
2 Chronicles 7 vs 14: “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”