Syrian Islamist rebels renew chemical attack on Kurdish district in Aleppo

Syria rebel fighters are seen during battles outside Aleppo. File photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

ARA News 

KOBANE – Syrian Islamist rebels renewed attacks with chemical weapons on the Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, northern Syria, local sources reported on Sunday.

The bombardment caused dozens of casualties among civilians, including women and children.

“The injured have lost consciousness after they inhaled the poisonous gas,” a medical source in Sheikh Maqsoud told ARA News.

The source confirmed that the rockets included phosphorus and chlorine agents.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Rezan Hiddo, member of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), said that the Islamist groups of Sultan Murad brigade, the 16th brigade, Noureddin Zanki and Ahrar al-Sham Movement resumed their attacks on the Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud, launching shells filled with chemical agents.

Hiddo, who is close to the Kurdish leadership of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), pointed out Islamist groups are directly attacking civilians and from several sides.

“The bombing is still ongoing on the Sheikh Maqsoud district,” he stressed.

“The attack was conducted by several Syrian Islamist armed groups, including the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, the Levant Front, Sultan Murad Brigade, Sultan Fatih group, Fastaqim Kama Umirt Brigades, Nour ad-Din Zanki militia, Brigade 13 and 116, the First Regiment and Abu Amarah Brigades,” the YPG ‘s leadership confirmed in previous statements.

Last Tuesday, the Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo was attacked with chemical weapons. Radical groups launched dozens of rockets filled with yellow phosphorus element on the district, according to the YPG’s leadership.

The Islamist rebels have reportedly taken advantage of the current ceasefire to attack the Kurdish region.

“We have announced our full commitment to the ceasefire. But we will not remain silent as our areas are being exposed to deadly offensives by the Islamists. If the bombardment continues, our forces will respond,” a Kurdish official told ARA News.

The U.N. Security Council approved last Friday a US-Russian draft resolution endorsing the Syria ceasefire. A cessation of hostilities started across the war-torn country. However, several violations have been documented, especially at the hands of Islamists in the Kurdish region in northern Syria.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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