Over 58 killed and scores injured in suspected chemical attack in Syria
Apr 4, Damascus:Over 58 people were killed and scores injured in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
According to the watch dog organization, the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government could have caused many people to choke.
Local opposition activists and news sites posted photos of those they said had died of asphyxiation.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.
The Observatory also cited medical sources in Khan Sheikhoun as reporting that 11 children were among the dead, and that the symptoms among those affected included fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth, but it said that it was unable to confirm the nature of the substance that was dropped, but the EMC said it was thought to be the nerve agent sarin.
Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition alliance, the National Coalition, has accused President Bashar al-Assad's government of being behind the attack on Khan Sheikhoun and called on the UN Security Council to order an immediate investigation.
"Failure to do so will be understood as a message of blessing to the regime for its actions," it warned in a statement.
The Oslo Times International News Network