▲ Up
 
06:40 26-07-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Syrian activists accuse Bashar Assad of new gas attacks

Bishkek (AKIpress) - gas attack Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side, The Jakarta Post reported.

Syria flatly denied the allegations, and they have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid President Bashar Assad's government of its chemical weapons.

Witnesses near Damascus and in a central rebel-held village said that dozens of cases of choking, fainting and other afflictions from inhaling fumes that some said were yellowish and smelled like chlorine cleanser. Some of those interviewed said they believe the gas was responsible for at least two deaths.

They said the fumes came from hand grenades and helicopter-dropped “barrel bombs,” which are crude containers packed with explosives and shrapnel.

Activists have posted videos similar, though on a far smaller scale, to those from last August's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed hundreds of people and nearly triggered U.S. airstrikes against Syria. The new footage depicts pale-faced men, women and children coughing and gasping at field hospitals.

The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation. Council members expressed “grave concern” over the allegations, said Nigeria's U.N. Ambassador Joy Ogwu.

It's an accusation that carries high stakes, and the Syrian opposition has an interest in pushing such claims in hopes of spurring the world to take stern action against Assad, who has been locked in a civil war for three years and faces a Sunday deadline for handing over all his chemical weapons for destruction.

Chlorine is a potentially lethal chemical with a multitude of ordinary civilian uses, including laundry bleach and swimming-pool disinfectant. In high concentrations, it can attack the lungs and asphyxiate victims.


Twitterfacebookprint
11:01 24.04.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:38 Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia set up diplomatic relations17:35 Uzbekistan beats Iraq 2-1 in friendly match17:31 Uzbek delegation to visit Saudi Arabia17:23 Issyk-Kul regional governor tasks owners of public caterings in Boom Gorge to improve service17:19 Turkmenistan to redportedly host summit on Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project17:15 Turkmenistan, Iran to extradite prisoners in near future17:02 National Statistics Committee explains reason for 20% decline in industrial production in Kyrgyzstan16:31 State budget revenues make more than $900 mln in H1 2016 in Kyrgyzstan16:10 3 brigades of taxi drivers serve large number of people crossing Kyrgyz-Kazakh border in Talas everyday15:53 Kyrgyz film enters competition program of SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival in Japan15:43 FAO might allocate $400,000 for development of Tajikistan's national food security strategy15:19 New chairman of State Service for Combating Economic Crimes of Kyrgyzstan named14:54 Emergency Ministry says it is taking all necessary steps to prevent flooding of residential areas14:36 Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice offers to oblige foreigners and stateless persons to pass biometric data registration14:14 Kyrgyzstan's Education Ministry seeks to organize summer vacation for 400 teachers for over $30,00014:00 Two pupils from Kyrgyzstan win 3rd place at International Biology Olympiad in Vietnam13:47 Nearly $40,000 allocated for Kyrgyz Higher Attestation Commission since beginning of 201613:41 Rahmon signs law amending Tajikistan's Constitution13:12 Rio 2016: WADA criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team13:04 Kazakh man hitting people on water scooter on Issyk-Kul released as victims refuse to complain
Astana
+25° C
Ashgabat
+40° C
Bishkek
+33° C
Dushanbe
+34° C
Tashkent
+40° C
Ulaanbaatar
+24° C
exchange rates
 
74.00
67.09
10.06
1.04
376.55
341.51
51.19
5.30
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.84
3.50
0.52
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75