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'Toxic gas' dropped on Syrian town

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>> Struggling to breathe using an oxygen mask to ease the pain. Just one of 33 victims of what's said to be a chemical attack in Syria, among them also women and children. Barrel bombs said to contain chlorine were dropped by a helicopter overnight on a rebel held area in Idlib province.
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This video was posted online. Reuters correspondent Lisa Barrington in neighboring Lebanon says it's not uncommon.>> Syria Civil Defense told me that this was the second time that chlorine gas has been used in Saraqeb. In the Idlib province as a whole, they said since the beginning of the civil war about ten incidents have been brought to our attention.
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It's very difficult to prove chemical attacks on both sides of accused, well all sides in the conflict have accused each other of using chemicals of various sorts.>> The attack came just hours after a Russian helicopter was shot down outside the same town. All five crew member on board were killed.
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They'd reportedly been delivering aid to Aleppo where rebel forces have launched a major assault on government-held areas. The UN says, the clock is ticking for the quarter of a million civilians still trapped in the city.>> Because this part of eastern Aleppo is effectively being besieged, the humanitarian situation inside is getting increasingly worse.
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And international agencies have repeatedly called for free access to humanitarian care and also for a halt in bombing on the area.>> Aleppo's been divided between government forces and rebels since the conflict erupted in 2012. Seizing full control would be the biggest victory for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in five years of fighting.
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And would demonstrate a dramatic power shift in his favor since allying with Russia last year.