58 people (including 11 children) died after air attacks on the city of Khan Sheikhun in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights, some of the victims have symptoms indicating the use of chemical weapons.
As of today, the rescue operation continues. Human rights activists predict that the number of victims will increase, as some of more than 160 wounded are in serious condition.
“Medical sources and activists of the Observatory confirmed that there was a sample taken in one of the blocks of the city of Khan Sheikhun, which is believed to be a gas that causes suffocation and other symptoms,” said in the statement.
BBC reports that Khan Sheikhun is being held by the Syrian opposition forces, so the Syrian army and Russian Air Force are suspected of using chemical weapons. However, the Syrian military denies the use of chemical weapons in the province of Idlib.
Human rights activists from Human Rights Watch reported that they documented eight cases of Syrian air raids dropping poisoning substances on residential areas of Aleppo at the end of 2016.
In February 2017, Russia, China and Bolivia blocked the UN resolution on sanctions against Syria for the use of chemical weapons.