Toxic gas dropped on Saraqeb, Syria

Key details:


  • On Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight

-on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier (killing all passengers).

  • The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) accused President Bashar al Assad of being behind the attack.

-Assad has denied allegations.

  • 33 people, mostly women and children, were affected by the gas

-which they suspect was chlorine, in Saraqeb, in rebel-held Idlib province.

  • This is the second time Saraqeb has been hit by toxic gas.
  • The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed in late 2015 that sulfur mustard, commonly known as mustard gas, had been used for the first time in the conflict

-There has been more focus on the issue of dropping the toxic gas which has distracted the issue of identifying who shot down the Russian plane.