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Jets Strike Medical Facilities Caring for Victims of Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack

Civil Defense says bombardment, possibly by Russian jets, destroys medical facilities in Khan Sheikhoun treating the victims of Tuesday's chemical attack, opposition website Al-Souria writes
Jets Strike Medical Facilities Caring for Victims of Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack

Warplanes thought to be Russian carried out heavy and concentrated airstrikes on rescue centers and medical facilities which were treating victims of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Civil Defense in the Idleb countryside said on Tuesday.

The Civil Defense said that hours after Khan Sheikhoun was struck with poison gases by the Assad regime, leading to the deaths of 70 civilians and the wounding of hundreds, medical centers bombarded and destroying facilities, wounding staff members. The Civil Defense has warned of a humanitarian disaster.

In the same context, activists in the Idleb countryside said that the Al-Rahma hospital and the Civil Defense center in Khan Sheikhoun had gone out of service because of the aerial bombardment, amid warnings to evacuate medical centers and areas which the wounded had been taken.

For its part, the Syrian opposition urged the United Nations to immediately investigate the chemical bombardment and the Syrian National Coalition released a statement calling on the Security Council to convene an emergency meeting and open an immediate investigation. It accused regime forces of carrying out raids on the city of Khan Sheikhoun using “bombs loaded with poisonous gases causing symptoms similar to those caused by the sarin nerve agent.”

The Coalition called for the “implementation of Article 21 of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2118, which says the Council would take measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter in case of noncompliance, including the transfer and use of chemical weapons.”

On Monday, Syrian regime helicopters struck the outskirts of the village of Al-Habit in the Idleb countryside with barrel bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas, which wounded more than 20 civilians who suffered from suffocation, most of them women and children.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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