Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

But The Union of Medical Care Organizations, a coalition of global aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria, said at least 100 people had died.

The government said it is complying by an worldwide Chemical Weapons Convention that bans such instruments of war, according to SANA, the Syrian state-run news agency.

Earlier, the foreign ministry in Damascus "categorically" denied responsibility. In August 2012, in the midst of the Syrian civil war, President Barack Obama made it clear the use of chemical weapons was a "red line" that would be met with a military response.

The U.N. Security Council plans an emergency session midday Wednesday on the attack.

According to Anas al-Diab, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, airstrikes hit the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province giving off a poisonous gas that led to this asphyxiation.

Footage from Khan Sheikhoun following the incident on Tuesday showed civilians, many of them children, choking and foaming at the mouth.

In other videos, medics can be be seen trying to resuscitate a small girl and assisting adults struggling with breathing difficulties.

Locals say they expect the death toll to rise.

The attack is believed to have killed at least 72 people, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It was the third claim of a chemical attack in just over a week in Syria. Save the Children said at least 11 children were among the casualties. Warplanes later struck the town again, hitting a hospital where some of the victims were being treated and a Syria Civil Defense center.

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The attack coincided with a two-day meeting in Brussels on Syria's future.

He said, "While the full facts are still to be determined, if the Assad regime is responsible for this attack those who approved and deployed these weapons must be held accountable". Last week, officials in the Syrian capital dismissed all such allegations as "devoid of truth".

France's United Nations ambassador, François Delattre, said of the attack: "That reminds us of the day of the regime's attack on Damascus". The U.K.'s statements about Russian Federation and China are "beyond the norms of diplomatic standards" and "unacceptable", Safronkov said through an interpreter.

The Syrian National Coalition of Revolution and Opposition Forces claimed that almost 80 people were killed on Tuesday and some 200 injured in a chemical weapon attack in the Idlib province, blaming the Syrian army for the incident. Chlorine gas, though not as toxic as nerve agents, can be classified as a chemical weapon depending on its use.

A medical doctor going by the name of Dr. Shajul Islam for fears for his own safety said his hospital in Idlib province received three victims, all with narrow, pinpoint pupils that did not respond to light.

The deadly attack occurred as 70 donor countries were meeting in Brussels at a conference hosted by the European Union to discuss humanitarian relief for Syria as the conflict enters its seventh year.

"From this major arsenal, chemical-laden weapons were delivered by militants to Iraq". The council on Wednesday will hear from Virginia Gamba, the head of the investigative panel, and top United Nations disarmament official Kim Won-soo, on details of the attack including whether deadly sarin gas was used. Haley said, leaving her presidency chair as she displayed photos of the victims.

Syria's military rejected the accusation, saying in a statement that the army "denies using any toxic or chemical agents in Khan Sheikhoun today, and it did not and never will use it anywhere". Russian and USA coalition aircraft were not there, the official said.