0413 GMT April 20, 2019
Syrian state media on Saturday cited sources at a hospital in government-held Hama as saying that 21 people had suffered choking symptoms from poison gas after militants shelled a village.
“Well ISIS (Daesh) is on its last legs in Syria. So on the one hand, this is an act of desperation to strike out against the Syria government and Syrian civilians who are under the control of the Syrian army and government. But also, I think it may be like to find a pretext for American, British and French involvement, alleging that this is the Syrian government using gas," an international lawyer, Edward Corrigan, told in comments to Press TV on Sunday, Press TV reported.
State news agency SANA quoted the head of the Saqilbia National Hospital as saying that the attack had taken place in the village of al-Rasif in Hama’s northern countryside. It also published images and footage of people lying in hospital beds wearing oxygen masks.
In the past several years, militants have launched dozens of chemical attacks in Syria. Damascus has called on the United Nations to take action in this regard.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog, has documented systematic use of nerve agent sarin and chlorine during Syria's eight-year conflict.