Syrian civilians who reside in a rebel-held neighborhood near the country’s capital were victims of a Monday attack believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrian government, according to activists and rescue teams.
Syrian Civil Defense reported that more than 20 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from a neighborhood in the Douma district early Monday morning. At least 13 people suffered from suffocation, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
22 civilians, most of them children, suffered from intoxication after another #Assad regime #ChemicalWeapons (Chlorine gas) attack on #EastGhouta.
The gas was delivered in nine Katyusha rockets.#Syria pic.twitter.com/shUnZrKFXq
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) January 22, 2018
According to Reuters, the Ghouta Media Center, an activist-operated media organization, claimed that chlorine gas was used in the attack. Health officials concurred, announcing that victims had symptoms that “suggest they have been exposed to chlorine gas inhalation.”
Syrian Civil Defense, a team of first responders also known as The White Helmets, tweeted a video of a baby who suffered from the alleged chlorine attack.
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) January 22, 2018
Activists reported a foul smell following a series of bombings in the neighborhood.
The Syrian government was previously blamed for deadly gas attacks on its own citizens, although they and the army have vehemently denied perpetrating the atrocities.
Following an attack in April 2017 that left at least 58 people dead, President Donald Trump approved the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles that targeted an airbase in Shayrat, located outside Homs. The airbase was believed to be the location from which the Syrian government launched most of its suspected gas attacks.