A picture posted on social media shows a child breathing through an oxygen mask after what they claim a chemical attack in Idlib, Syria. (Social Media)
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A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter had been shot down hours earlier.Later, state news agency SANA said rebels had fired rockets armed with toxic gas on the government-held old quarter of Aleppo city, killing five people and causing eight breathing difficulties.Further to the north, meanwhile, Russia launched heavy airstrikes overnight on the outskirts of Aleppo city, slowing a "last-chance" assault by rebels seeking to break a government siege.The assault began Sunday and is intended to ease the encirclement of the opposition-held east of Aleppo city. The Observatory described it as the largest rebel attack in Aleppo since 2012, when fighting left the city roughly divided between opposition control in the east and regime forces in the west. The Observatory said at least 30 civilians had been killed since Sunday in opposition bombardment of government-held districts of Aleppo.
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