Suspected gas attack kills at least 58 in Syria's Idlib: Monitoring group

Suspected gas attack kills at least 58 in Syria's Idlib: Monitoring group

Suspected gas attack kills at least 58 in Syria's Idlib: Monitoring group

The sources did not indicate who was to blame for the attack, describing it as a "chemical weapons attack directed at civilians".

Despite claims from some groups that Damascus was behind the attack, Reuters reported that Damascus had not used chemical weapons, and had dismissed the accusations as rebel propaganda.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that Russian planes had not carried out air strikes on Idlib. France is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

The monitor said warplanes hit a residential part of Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwest province of Idlib, and released "toxic gas". Bashar Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say. "Israel calls on the worldwide community to fulfill promises made in 2013, and to remove chemical weapons from Syria", Netanyahu said.

The US says more than 1,400 civilians may have been killed in the 2013 gas attack.

The attack came as the European Union and United Nations hosted a conference in Brussels on Syria's future, with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini saying the regime in Damascus bears "primary responsibility" for the attack.

A doctor in northern Syria's Idlib province says he believes the suspected chemical attack is the worst the country has witnessed since 2013, when hundreds were killed in a Damascus suburb.

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Chlorine gas is one of several elements and compounds used in devastating chemical attacks, outlawed by global treaties.

Last year, a UN-appointed investigation panel found that chemical weapons were used by regime forces and opposition fighters in 2014 and 2015.

The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu Tuesday as calling the attack "a crime against humanity". The coalition described the attack as a "horrifying massacre".

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it was "seriously concerned" about the reports from Idlib, and said a fact-finding mission had been launched into the incident.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, he was "shocked and outraged" by images of the victims and called on the global community to "fully and finally remove these terrible weapons from Syria".

Haid Haid, a Syrian columnist and researcher, told CNN that in his view, the United States is "not interested in any way challenging the rule of Assad". Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum condemned the attack and called on the global community to act.

Over 3000,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

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