Russian blame on rebels for chemical attack rejected worldwide

Witnesses said clinics treating the wounded were subject to air strikes

The UN Security Council is due to hold emergency talks later following the release of gas in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province which – according to UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – killed 72 people, including 20 children.

Russian claims that a release of chemicals that killed and injured dozens of civilians in northern Syria came from rebel weapons on the ground have been rejected, BBC reported.

Britain’s foreign secretary, a rebel commander and a weapons expert all said the evidence pointed to an attack by Syrian government forces, BBC added.

Damascus denies its forces launched a chemical weapons attack.
The issue is overshadowing a conference on Syria in Brussels, BBC also explained.

Seventy donor nations are discussing aid efforts in the war-ravaged country, BBC added.

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