Dozens of Syrians choked to death after a suspected chemical attack struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus.A joint statement by the medical relief organisation Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the civil defence service, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had died in the attack late on Saturday.Many were left out with burning eyes and breathing problems .
The Syrian government denied government forces had launched any chemical attack as the reports began circulating and said the rebels were fabricating news.U.S. President Donald Trump said the perpetrators would be made to pay a ‘big price’. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria…. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay,” he tweeted.
Facing military defeat, rebel groups in other parts of Eastern Ghouta have taken safe passage to other opposition-held areas at the Turkish border.