At least forty six individuals were killed in what seemed to be a chemical-weapons attack late Sat on a rebel-held Syrian city close to the capital, according to relief staffwho said the death toll might rise as they continue finding victims. DOZENS KILLED FROM AN ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA.

The attack on the eastern Ghouta city of Douma was at first suspected to be a chlorine gas attack, however symptoms of the victims and people who were treated indicate the use of a nerve agent additionally, in keeping with the Syrian American Medical Society. DOZENS KILLED FROM AN ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA.

Many of the victims smelled of chlorine and over 500 have been treated for shortness of breath, in step with a joint statement by the White Helmets, a Syrian paramedic group that’s active in opposition-controlled areas, and also the Syrian medical team. DOZENS KILLED FROM AN ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA.

Unverified photos and videos of the bodies showed victims with foaming mouths, blue lips and eyes wide open. Most of those killed were entire families found huddled within apartment buildings and basements, apparently unable to fleein step with the White Helmets.

It wasn’t clear who took out the attack. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been suspected of using chemical weapons repeatedly throughout the seven-year warthat it denies.

The images were like a sarin gas attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun a year pastthat killed nearly a hundred folks and resulted in a U.S. airstrike on the Syrian regime.

The U.S. State Department during a statement aforesaid it was closely following reports of the alleged chemical-weapons attack targeting a hospital in Douma.

“Reports from a {number|variety} of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a doubtless high number of casualties, as well as among families concealment in shelters,” State Department voice Heather Nauert aforesaid. “These reports, if confirmed, are atrocious and demand an immediate response by the international community.”

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