On Saturday, Syrian media reported that terrorists bombed residential neighborhoods of Aleppo with chlorine gas. Syrian government forces responded against their positions, causing significant losses to the jihadists.
SANA reports that militants based north of Aleppo have fired chlorine projectiles into the al-Khalidiye neighborhood. They also bombed the al-Zahraa neighborhood, as did the Nile Stree, causing at least 107 people to be hospitalized. The victims suffered from suffocation allegedly caused by chlorine gas.
Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the chemical bombing of Aleppo was possible because of the aid that Western countries provided to the militants, including the provision of weapons to carry out chemical attacks.
“This terrorist act comes as a result of the facilities granted by some countries to deliver chemical products to armed terrorist groups in order to use them to account for the Syrian people and to blame the Syrian government, through scenarios previously planned by the services of intelligence agencies of countries that support terrorism,” said the ministry, quoted by SANA .
Damascus demanded that the UN take action against the militants who attacked the city and the countries that have supported them.
“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic requires that the Security Council immediately and strongly condemn these terrorist crimes and assume their responsibilities for the preservation of international peace and security by taking immediate punitive measures against countries and regimes that support terrorism,” he said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called the Aleppo bombing “an attempt to undermine the normalization process in Syria,” adding that the attack must be “unconditionally condemned” by the entire international community.
Russian military chemists were sent to the affected area after the attack. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman repeated earlier accusations by Moscow that the White Helmets were attempting to stage provocations using chemical agents in the de-escalating zone at Idlib to accuse Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against the local population.
“It is clear that the White Helmets are directly linked to terrorist organizations operating in Syria and, in particular, the de-escalation zone at Idlib,” he said.
On October 9, ISIS attacked al-Nusra Front militants in the Syrian settlement of Al-Lataminah, killing at least two members of the White Helmets and seizing two vessels of chlorine, which were then transported to the southern province of Aleppo and delivered to the terrorists of the Hurras al-Din group, linked to ISIS.
According to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, there will be more attacks in the future. Aleppo was liberated by Syrian government troops from terrorist groups in 2016, but militants continue to bombard the city from suburban positions.