US examining use of toxic chemical in Syria

April 22, 2014 - 12:15:51 am

WASHINGTON: The United States has indications of the use of a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month and is examining indications that the Syrian government was responsible, the US State Department said yesterday.

“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in the town of Kfar Zeita, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.“We are examining allegations that the government was responsible,” she told reporters.

Meanwhile, dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said, including at least 29 people in a single neighbourhood. Also yesterday, state news agency Sana said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes killed 29 people on Sunday, including women and children, in the southern Al Ferdous district of Aleppo, a city that was once Syria’s largest and a major commercial hub.