2 dead, scores wounded in alleged Syrian gas attack


Syrian government forces carried out a chlorine attack Wednesday that killed two civilians, including a 13-year-old girl, and caused respiratory injuries in scores of others in a rebel-held area near the besieged city of Aleppo, anti-government activists alleged.

Mohammed Abu Jaafar, head of forensics in the war-torn city, told the Associated Press the other fatality was a man who died of heart failure and acute respiratory distress caused by inhaling toxic gas.

The opposition, known as the Higher Negotiating Committee, meeting Wednesday in London, seeks a pluralist and decentralized country after Assad, says Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, based in London.

“The HNC represents a wide swathe of the Syrian political opposition and a significant portion of the armed opposition,” Orton said. “The Assad regime has demonstrated again its unwillingness to seriously engage with the international community, even for the purposes of reducing violence, launching fresh chemical weapons attacks on civilians areas, just days after the United Nations reported on eight previous such attacks.”

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