More than 100 injured in alleged Aleppo chlorine attack, doctors say

More than 100 individuals - including many youngsters - were admitted to clinic taking after a staggering shelling in dissident held eastern Aleppo in which barrels of chlorine were professedly dropped, restorative gatherings say and activists say.
Doctors treat Syrian victims, including a child, struggling to breathe after an alleged chlorine attack.
Doctors treat Syrian victims, including a child, struggling to breathe after an alleged chlorine attack.
The US-based Syrian American Medical Society, which bolsters one of three clinics in Aleppo where the casualties were taken, said one individual was killed by the barrel bombs dropped amid the claimed compound assault on the Sukkari neighborhood Tuesday.


No less than 37 youngsters and ten ladies were among those hospitalized, the Aleppo Free Doctors Committee said.

Specialists treat Syrian casualties, including a tyke, attempting to inhale after an affirmed chlorine assault.
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The casualties were attempting to inhale, hacking cruelly and had the scent of chlorine on their garments, the Aleppo Free Doctor's Committee said.

Most were released following a few hours, however ten individuals stayed in concentrated consideration, incorporating a pregnant lady in her last trimester whose unborn youngster was demonstrating a powerless heartbeat, the council guaranteed. CNN can't affirm the realness of the
reports.

Children among victims
Frightening footage appropriated by the Syrian Civil Defense - otherwise called the White Helmets - indicated youthful kids and different casualties being hurried to the clinic in the arms of rescuers, heaving urgently for air as they are given breathing devices. 

Footage indicating to be of the impact site minutes after the assault demonstrated barrels lying on top of what's left of wrecked structures. 

The video additionally demonstrates a kid being washed with a hose by rescuers in the wake of being pulled from the rubble as the sirens of ambulances howl around him. 


Another video by the Aleppo Media Center demonstrates a man laying verging on dead at the same healing facility as doctors attempt to pump oxygen into his lungs.



The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the attack, saying that medical sources accused regime warplanes of pounding the Sukkari neighborhood with barrel bombs "laden with poison gas."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was stripped of the dominant part of his concoction munititions stockpile in 2013 after the U.S. debilitated an assault because of their affirmed use in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, prompting a multinational arrangement under which the weapons were evacuated. 

However the arrangement did not expel loads of chlorine, a double utilize concoction which has modern applications, yet can likewise be utilized as an unrefined synthetic weapon, conveyed by ad libbed barrel bomb. 

The Assad administration has been over and over blamed for utilizing chlorine gas as a concoction weapon, and an UN examination decided in late August found that administration strengths had twice done chlorine assaults. 

Secretary of State John Kerry said a year ago that he was "sure beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the Syrian government had assaulted its own particular individuals with chlorine - an allegation the Syrian administration has denied. 

Syria and its partner Russia have blamed Islamist activists for utilizing chlorine as a part of the past. UN specialists additionally said a month ago that it had found that ISIS had utilized mustard gas as a part of the combat zone. 


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This still from a video shows a girl treated at a makeshift hospital after what a rescue group called a chemical attack on her Aleppo neighborhood.
This still from a video shows a girl treated at a makeshift hospital after what a rescue group called a chemical attack on her Aleppo neighborhood.


More than 100 injured in alleged Aleppo chlorine attack, doctors say

Story highlights

  • Use of chemical weapons in Syria becoming "new normal," says doctors' group
  • UN investigation found that Syrian regime has used chlorine gas previously
This story contains graphic images, including some of child victims.
(CNN)More than 100 people -- including dozens of children -- were admitted to hospital following a devastating bombing in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in which barrels of chlorine were allegedly dropped, medical groups say and activists say.
The US-based Syrian American Medical Society, which supports one of three hospitals in Aleppo where the victims were taken, said one person was killed by the barrel bombs dropped during the alleged chemical attack on the Sukkari neighborhood Tuesday.
    At least 37 children and ten women were among those hospitalized, the Aleppo Free Doctors Committee said.
    Doctors treat Syrian victims, including a child, struggling to breathe after an alleged chlorine attack.
    The victims were struggling to breathe, coughing harshly and had the smell of chlorine on their clothes, the Aleppo Free Doctor's Committee said.
    Most were discharged after several hours, but ten people remained in intensive care, including a pregnant woman in her last trimester whose unborn child was showing a weak pulse, the committee claimed. CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the reports.

    Children among victims

    Harrowing footage distributed by the Syrian Civil Defense -- also known as the White Helmets -- showed young children and other victims being rushed to the hospital in the arms of rescuers, gasping desperately for air as they are given oxygen masks.
    Footage purporting to be of the blast site moments after the attack showed barrels lying on top of what's left of destroyed buildings.
    The video also shows a boy being washed with a hose by rescuers after being pulled from the rubble as the sirens of ambulances wail around him.
    Another video by the Aleppo Media Center shows a man laying almost lifeless at the same hospital as medics try to pump oxygen into his lungs.
    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the attack, saying that medical sources accused regime warplanes of pounding the Sukkari neighborhood with barrel bombs "laden with poison gas."
    The Syrian government has denied using chlorine gas for military purposes in the past.

    Previous chlorine use confirmed by UN

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was stripped of the majority of his chemical arsenal in 2013 after the U.S. threatened an attack due to their alleged use in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, leading to a multinational deal under which the weapons were removed.
    However the deal did not remove stocks of chlorine, a dual-use chemical which has industrial applications, but can also be used as a crude chemical weapon, delivered by improvised barrel bomb.
    What happens when chlorine is used as a chemical weapon?
    Chlorine, element 17 on the periodic table, is a so-called dual-use chemical with a number of industrial uses.
    Fatal in high concentrations and harmful in lower doses, chlorine gas can also be used as a crude weapon. The chemical was widely used in the First World War.
    When inhaled, it reacts with water in the body to produce corrosive hydrochloric acid that damages human cells.
    The effects can begin within seconds to minutes, causing victims to experience difficulty breathing, chest tightness, coughing and eye and skin irritation. Inhaling high levels of chlorine can cause pulmonary edema -- when fluid builds up in the lungs.
    In conflict situations, delivery methods include dropping chlorine gas onto civilian areas from aircraft via improvised barrel bombs.
    The Assad regime has been repeatedly accused of using chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, and a UN investigation determined in late August found that regime forces had twice carried out chlorine attacks.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said last year that he was "absolutely certain" that the Syrian government had attacked its own people with chlorine -- an accusation the Syrian regime has denied.
    Syria and its ally Russia have accused Islamist militants of using chlorine in the past. UN investigators also said last month that it had found that ISIS had used mustard gas in the battlefield.
    This still from a video shows a girl treated at a makeshift hospital after what a rescue group called a chemical attack on her Aleppo neighborhood.
    "The systematic use of chemical weapons in Syria with impunity for perpetrators has become the 'new normal,'" the Syrian American Medial Society said in a statement Tuesday.
    Aleppo, pre-war Syria's largest city and commercial hub, has been divided for years into areas under rebel and regime control. The city has been heavily hit by intensifying violence in recent months following the failure of a American- and Russian-brokered "cessation of hostilities" earlier this year.