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49 people killed in eastern Ghouta

49 people killed in eastern Ghouta

A chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta has killed dozens of people, medical services reported, and Washington said the reports - if confirmed - would demand an immediate global response.

The alleged incident comes while on the Eastern Ghouta while firstly, the Syrian army has made considerable advancement against the terrorists in Ghouta frontlines, located in the east of the capital Damascus, with Douma being last bastion of Jaysh al-Islam terrorist group; and secondly, a Russian mediation contributed to an agreement between the central government and the armed group according to which the militants were planned to leave Douma towards Jarabulus in northern province of Aleppo.

Those reports could not be independently verified because of a government blockade around the town.

The organization, also known as the White Helmets, and the Syrian American Medical Society, a medical relief organization, did not identify the substance used but said survivors treated at clinics smelled strongly of chlorine. "We don't have anything to stand fast", said Haitham Bakkar, an opposition activist inside the town.

Smith says the trip had been organized for months. It added that "more than 500 cases - the majority of whom are women and children - were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

"After four years in the hospital, I have never seen anything like what happened", said Mohammed, who did not wish to give his surname.

"Until this minute, no one has been able to find out the kind of agent that was used", Mahmoud, the White Helmets' spokesman, in a video statement from Douma.

He said the government was also targeting homes, clinics, and first responder facilities with conventional explosives and barrel bombs.

The bombing resulted in significant damage to the city's medical capacity, as "several medical points and ambulance teams" were targeted. This situation, the news outlet stated, was the key drive behind the Jaysh al-Islam media wing to charge the Syrian forces with the use of chemical weapons in an effort to force-stop the operation by arousing global solidarity. It said the claims were "fabrications" by the Army of Islam, calling it a "failed attempt" to impede government advances.

Russia, Syria's main ally in the fight against the rebels, also denied that any chemical weapons were used.

The 10-day truce between the two sides collapsed over a disagreement regarding the evacuation of the Army of Islam fighters from the city.

Worldwide bodies led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were trying to establish exactly what happened on Saturday in Douma, a besieged town in eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Israel in February said that Iran and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' special unit Quds Force "for some time have been operating the T-4 Air Base in Syria next to Palmyra, with support from the Syrian military and with permission from the Syrian regime", the Times of Israel website reported at the time.

In March, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump vowed there would be "no impunity" in the event of further chemical weapons use in the conflict.

The United States, meanwhile, urged the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution that would condemn the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria "in the strongest terms" and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks. "We have nothing to confirm".

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