Death toll in Syria ‘gas attack’ rises to 58

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Death toll in Syria 'gas attack' rises to 58
Syrian children receive treatment following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, on April 4, 2017. Warplanes carried out a suspected toxic gas attack that killed at least 35 people including several children, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said those killed in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Idlib province, had died from the effects of the gas, adding that dozens more suffered respiratory problems and other symptoms. / AFP / Mohamed al-Bakour

Lebanon: A suspected gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northwestern Syria on Tuesday killed 58 civilians, including 11 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Dozens more were suffering the effects of the attack, with medical sources reporting respiratory problems and symptoms including fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth, the monitor said.

At least 58 people, including 11 children, were killed in an air raid that released “toxic gas” on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday, a monitor said.

Tuesday’s attack caused many people to choke or faint, and some had foam coming out of their mouths, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing medical sources who described it as a sign of a gas attack.

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Damascus has repeatedly denied using such weapons.

The monitoring group, which monitors the war through a network of contacts on the ground, was unable to confirm the nature of the substance.

Agence France-Presse