The opposition Syrian national coalition said that a poisonous gas in Sarakeb used the Syrian army in retaliation for the downed Russian helicopter, writes The Times. Local residents and rescue workers said that the gas containers were dumped on the city late on Monday evening, a few hours after the attack Mi-8.
According to the civil defense of Shirakaba of Laith fares, a Syrian army helicopter dropped two containers with gas on the town about 23:20 when most people were sleeping, writes The Times. He argues that to determine what toxic substance is chlorine, possible, as with this gas, they have encountered many times before.
The representative of the volunteer organization “Syrian civil defense” previously stated that as a result of poisoning injured 33 people, mostly women and children. The Times cites the testimony of a local resident Muhammad Ahmad, said that the city’s chlorine was applied four times already and people have learned to deal with its consequences, that has allowed this time to avoid casualties. He said that if there is a smell of chlorine, you should close the face with a wet towel and go to the high place, or to leave the place of the infection.
The U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby said that Washington until no evidence of the use of chlorine in Seracare. “If this is true, is extremely serious,” added the American diplomat.
Seraka is approximately 15 km from the crash site of the helicopter. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the video footage of the crash site visible fighters, considering the Smoking wreckage of the Mi-8. In a statement, the defense Ministry said that the helicopter was returning to the base Hamim “after the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo”.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called allegations of chlorine “surge”. As a broadcast correspondent on a question of journalists about whether it is possible to speak in this case about the sting operation, Peskov said: “You’re talking about the modalities of the operation is not in the Kremlin need to address the issue. We have no information about the operation, and especially on such as stuffing very difficult to respond. Always clear on what basis”.
In 2013, the Assad government agreed to conclude an agreement for the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles in the country. The list of chemical warfare agents chlorine was not included, The Times noted.