Renewed chlorine attacks by pro-Assad forces in Damascus

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A Syrian man injured during chlorine attack by pro-Assad forces in Jobar, Damascus. Activists

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Saturday, dozens of civilians as well as opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) reported casualties due to aerial bombardment with toxic gase by the pro-regime forces in the neighbourhood of Jobar in eastern Damascus, southern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, civil rights activist Ahmed Sabbagh said that the pro-Assad warplanes launched several raids on the neighbourhood of Jobar, using bombs containing toxic gases, resulting in the death and injury of dozens of civilians and FSA fighters due to suffocation, particularly in al-Mashir area in Jobar.

Sabbagh added the doctors in the field hospital of Jobar said that chlorine gas was apparently used during the attack.

Meanwhile, a report by the Commission of Inquiry on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Syria confirmed days ago the existence of convincing evidence for the use of poisonous chlorine gas in several areas in the provinces of Idlib and Hama since the beginning of the year.

On the other hand, Mazen Ibrahim, a civil rights activist based in Damascus stated to ARA News that violent clashes broke out between the rebels of the FSA and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the neighbourhood of al-Hajar al-Aswad in Damascus, after two days of truce between the two sides.

Ibrahim, quoting activists based in the neighbourhoods of al-Hajar al-Aswad and Mukhaiyam al-Yarmouk, reported that the truce was reached between the FSA and IS on Thursday to halt military operations, which claimed lives of dozens of civilians as well as fighters from both sides over the last few weeks.

“However, the IS militants violated the truce, which will most likely cause more violence in the coming days,” Ibrahim told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

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