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Syrian Regime Suspected in Chemical Weapons Attack

02-06-2018
Syria Chemical Attack, AP File Photo
Syria Chemical Attack, AP File Photo

JERUSALEM, Israel – Arab media outlets reported that at least 20 people died, including women and children, following a chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province just before midnight on Sunday.

Syrian human rights organizations told the Associated Press the attack took place in the town of Saraqeb near the border with Turkey.

According to AP, the Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group said three of its rescuers and six others were injured by chlorine gas in Saraqeb, which is less than 10 miles from the front line with government forces.

The Syrian American Medical Society said it treated 11 patients for chlorine gas poisoning in its area hospitals.

Days before the attack, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the Syrian regime would be "ill advised" to resort to chemical weapons again.

"You have all seen how we reacted to that, so they'd be ill advised to go back to violating the chemical convention," Mattis said in reference to the US airstrike on a Syrian military base following a chemical attack last April.

Over the weekend, al Qaeda-linked terrorists said they downed a Russian fighter jet and killed the pilot who ejected from the aircraft. According to reports, a ground-to-air missile brought down the plane.

Last Thursday, the Trump administration accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of producing and using "new kinds of weapons" to deliver deadly chemical poisons. The accusation followed at least two reported chlorine attacks near Damascus. The administration said the world must find a way to stop chemical attacks.

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