The chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights Fadel Abdul Ghani told Asharq Al-Awsat that the network’s investigators “have verified that a helicopter belonging to the regime dropped a barrel bomb containing toxic gasses on the Zubdiya neighbourhood in Aleppo on Wednesday night. The bomb was dropped at a time when the United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura emphasized that “there is a lot of evidence that chlorine gas is being used in Aleppo” and “If it did take place, it is a war crime”.
Three civilians were killed and more than twenty others suffered from suffocation on Wednesday night after a toxic gas believed to be chlorine gas was released by a helicopter belonging to the regime.
A medical source in Aleppo said “The regime’s helicopter dropped a barrel containing toxic gas on the neighbourhood of Zubdiya, Aleppo on Wednesday. A man, woman and child died as a result of suffocation and the source added that “The gas was poisonous chlorine” and “About twenty other civilians, including women and children suffered from suffocation and were immediately taken to medical points in order to receive the necessary medical procedures”.
The news website El-Dorar Al-Shamia that is affiliated to the Syrian opposition said that the attack using poisonous gasses on the Zubdiya neighbourhood was not an isolated case and that Russian warplanes “targeted the neighbourhood of Al-Rashideen, the area around the town of Kefarnaha, west Aleppo and the Al-Ramusa area in south Aleppo with phosphorous bombs”.