Chlorine gas shells fired on Syria’s Aleppo, Russia says
Russia accuses insurgents of poisoning 46 people, including eight children
Medical staff treat a boy after a suspected chemical attack on his town of al-Khalidiya, in Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: SANA/AP.
It claims the gas poisoned 46 people, including eight children who were being treated in hospital.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement the chemical attack had been launched from an area in the Idlib de-escalation zone controlled by Nusra Front militants.
“According to our preliminary information, confirmed in particular by symptoms of poisoning among the victims, the shells used to bombard residential areas of Aleppo were filled with chlorine (gas),” Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in the statement.