Syrian field hospital hit after chemical attack

"We, as a people who survived the greatest of atrocities and rose from the ashes to be a strong and secure nation, we will do all we can to continue to aid the survivors of the horrors in Syria", the president said in a statement.

Successive rounds of peace talks, including a UN-sponsored meeting in Geneva last week, have failed to produce a political breakthrough.

Under the deal, Syria agreed to give up its toxic arsenal and surrendered 1,300 tonnes of toxic weapons and industrial chemicals to the worldwide community for destruction. There was no immediate comment from the government in Damascus on the alleged incident, which comes a day before a conference on the future of Syria co-hosted by Britain in Brussels.

The scene is reminiscent of the Assad regimes 2013 Sarin gas attack in the Damascus suburbs which killed almost 1000 people.

"Horrific reports of chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria".

At least 58 people have been killed, including children, in a suspected chemical attack in Idlib, a monitoring group said.

Opposition sources and human rights organizations in Syria reported that at least 100 people were killed and another 400 were injured after an airstrike was conducted today (Tuesday) within the Idlib Province in Northwestern Syria, which is considered to be a rebel stronghold.

August 24, 2016: The joint OPCW-U.N. panel determines the Syrian government twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine gas against its opponents, in civilian areas in the northern Idlib province.

Tuesday's attack spread fear and panic among residents of Khan Sheikhoun who were not injured, causing most to flee to neighboring towns, resident Najam said. Western states said the Syrian government was responsible for the 2013 attack.

MILITARY DENIES The Syrian military source on Tuesday denied allegations that government forces had used chemical weapons, dismissing the accounts as rebel propaganda.

Spicer said Obama had more options when he declared a red line against chemical weapons in 2012.

The Syrian American Medical Society, which supports hospitals in opposition-held territory, said it had sent a team of inspectors to Khan Sheikhoun and an investigation was underway.

Reports about the use of toxic gas come months after Syria's government was accused of using chlorine gas in its fight to retake the city of Aleppo.

Rescue worker carries the body of a child after a gas attack suspected to be sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria, on Tuesday. The U.N. Security Council is expected to be briefed on the attack on Wednesday.

Idlib province is nearly entirely controlled by the Syrian opposition and is home to 900,000 people displaced by the war.

The Syrian activists had no information on what agent could have been used in the assault.

  • Leroy Wright