Syrians trade blame over ‘poison’ gas attack

Free Syrian Army fighters walk along a damaged street in Hama province. (File photo: Reuters)

Syrian state television and medical sources exchanged blame over a Friday attack in the Hama province that reportedly caused “suffocation and poisoning” of residents.

Scores of residents from Kafr Zita were hospitalized after the attack in which barrel bombs were dropped on the central province. The attack reportedly left scores of people poisoned by chlorine gas, said medics quoted by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights NGO.

“Regime planes bombed Kafr Zita with explosive barrels that produced thick smoke and odours and led to cases of suffocation and poisoning,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

While the main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, says dozens of people were hurt in a poison gas attack perpetrated by the regime, state-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra front…