Dozens killed in Syria chemical attack

A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Syria on March 30, 2018.
A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Syria on March 30, 2018. Photo credit: Reuters

Dozens have been killed in a chemical attack in Syria after a barrel bomb dropped poisonous chemicals on civilians in eastern Ghouta.

A medical relief organisation has estimated 35 people have died as a result of the attack, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed 11 deaths.

A Syrian rebel group is accusing government forces of launching the attack. State media has denied this claim.

More than 70 people suffered breathing difficulties due to the attack, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

According to the Syrian American Medical Society, a chlorine bomb targeted Douma hospital and a second bomb with "mixed agents", including nerve agents, was dropped on a nearby building.

On Saturday (local time), the US State Department said it was monitoring the situation and that if chemicals were used, Russia is to blame.

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