Syria’s Aleppo Comes ‘Under New Shelling’ With Poisonous Gas

Chemical Weapons Used Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsoud

The Kurdish-controlled Sheikh Maqsoud district of the Syrian city of Aleppo came under new shelling with the usage of poisonous gas on Monday, injuring several people, in the second such attack since the beginning of the month, Senam Mohamed, European representative of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) administration told Sputnik on Monday.

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 According to her, civilians are experiencing severe coughing and suffocation, as well as vomiting and watering eyes. Two civilians and two fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) were hospitalized.”There is heavy shelling on the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud… the neighborhood was bombarded with missiles and bombers in the morning… The bombing is… filled with poison gas. It happens today, in Aleppo,” Mohamed said.

On Thursday, April 7, spokesman for Syrian Kurds told Sputnik that gas poisoning cases had been reported among the civilian population and Kurdish militias after an attack on Aleppo by Islamic militants.

The Jaysh al-Islam militant group took responsibility for the shelling of Sheikh Maqsoud and stated that it had deployed “forbidden” weapons. The group, however, did not specify whether it used chemical agents.

Commenting on the situation of April 7, Mohamed told Sputnik that factions and brigades of the Syrian opposition coalition (Ahrar al-Sham, militants of the Army of Conquest, of Sultan Murad, the Army of the Mujahideen, Movement and the gathering of Fastqm, Nour al-Din al-Zenki, Jund al-Aqsa group, Hawks Mountain Brigade and Hamza Brigade) were those who shelled the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood with shells carrying chemical materials and gases. They also used homemade rockets, mortar bombs and Grad rockets during the attack, according to Mohamed.

Asked whether the same factions and brigades of Syrian opposition that attacked Aleppo’s district last week were responsible for the attack, Mohamed responded affirmatively.

During Monday’s attack militants used hand made bombs called Jahanamiya, which in Arabic means “hell,” Mohamed said.