Defense ministry: Militants in Aleppo used chemical weapons on Nov. 13

The Bustan al-Qasr checkpoint in eastern Aleppo.

The Bustan al-Qasr checkpoint in eastern Aleppo.

Michael Alaeddin / RIA Novosti
About 30 Syrian troops harmed, says spokesman Igor Konashenkov

About 30 Syrian troops were harmed when terrorists on Nov. 13 used chemical weapons in eastern Aleppo on Nov. 13, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Nov. 14.

"Yesterday evening chemical weapons were used against Syrian government troops once again in the eastern district of Aleppo Karim Jazmati… As a result, about 30 troops of the 415th battalion of the 115th division of the Republican Guards suffered poisoning. Many of them were promptly taken to a hospital in Aleppo," Konashenkov said.

Experts from the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Research Center have found that the militants attacked Syrian troops in Aleppo with chlorine.

"Samples taken by the center’s specialists on site have confirmed that the militants used chlorine as a chemical warfare agent," Konashenkov said.

The Syrian troops’ poisoning occurred immediately after the explosion of a mortar shell or a gas cylinder, launched with the makeshift launcher Hellfire.

Earlier, Konashenkov said that while conducting reconnaissance on Aleppo outskirts Russian military specialists gathered evidence Syrian militants had used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian troops. The specialists found unexploded ordnance containing toxic substances. The samples of soil and fragments of exploded ammunition tested positive for the presence of chlorine and white phosphorus.

Source: TASS

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