Dozens of cases of asphyxia in Guta Oriental, in Syria, according to an NGO

Ⓒ AFP – Amer Almohibany – | A Syrian boy with respiratory difficulties after bombings of the regime receives oxygen in a clinic in the region of Guta Oriental on March 7, 2018

Dozens of cases of asphyxia have been revealed after the aerial bombardment of the Syrian regime and its Russian ally in the rebel stronghold of Guta Oriental, an NGO announced on Thursday, while the medical staff alludes to a possible chemical attack.

On Wednesday night, at least 60 people suffered respiratory difficulties in the towns of Saqba and Hamouria, after the bombings, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH).

According to this NGO, the bombings were carried out by the aviations of the regime and of Russia, an ally of Damascus, which in the past denied the bombing of Guta Oriental.

Staff at an enclave medical facility said they treated at least 29 patients who had symptoms of exposure to chlorine gas, according to the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS), an NGO that supports medical centers in Syria.

More than 900 civilians died in Guta Oriental since the Syrian government launched a violent assault on this rebel enclave near Damascus on February 18.

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