Damascus: A suspected chemical attack has reportedly hit the Damascus neighborhood of Eastern Ghouta just after Russia warned that terrorists were planning a gas attack there to pin it on the Syrian government.
Militant sources were quoted as saying that many people suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas in the al-Shayfouniya area on Sunday, and one child was killed.
The London-based center quoted victims, ambulance drivers, and others as saying that they had smelt chlorine after “an enormous explosion” in the area.
The Syrian government has always rejected using of chemical weapons in the war that will soon enter its eighth year.
US-backed foreign militants have appeared to release chemical substances for years in the areas close to the site of government airstrikes and capture the aftermath on videos to defame the Syrian government.
On Sunday, videos released by terrorists portrayed a child’s body wrapped in a blue shroud, and several bare-chested men and young boys appearing to struggle for breath, with some holding nebulizers to their mouths and noses.
The suspected gas attack came just after the Russian Defense Ministry warned Sunday that militants were planning to use toxic agents in Eastern Ghouta so they could later accuse Damascus of using chemical weapons.
In April 2017, the United States had fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria in response to what it claimed was a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 100 people.
The Syrian army is currently in the midst of an operation to drive foreign terrorists out of Eastern Ghouta from where they launch mortar attacks on Damascus.
A ceasefire announced by the UN Security Council on Saturday does not apply to the areas held by Daesh, al-Nusra Front, and al-Qaeda along with “individuals, groups, undertakings and entities” associated with the terrorist groups.
On Sunday, Iran’s Chief of Army Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that the planners of the ceasefire had it passed at the UN in order to prevent the Syrian army’s annihilation of terrorists in the Damascus outskirts.
Earlier in February, French President Emmanuel Macron said if the use of chemical weapons on civilians were proven in Syria, “France will strike.”