BEIRUT - A Reuters photographer in the Syrian city of Aleppo
said victims of what the government said was a chemical weapons attack were
suffering breathing problems and people said they could smell chlorine in the
Syria's government and rebels accused each other of firing a rocket
loaded with chemical agents outside the northern city on Tuesday. A government
minister said it killed 16 people and wounded 86.
The victims were sent
to four hospitals in government-controlled areas of Aleppo and some were having
trouble breathing, the photographer said.
"I saw mostly women and
children," he said. "They said that people were suffocating in the streets and
the air smelt strongly of chlorine." "People were dying in the streets and in
their houses," he said over the phone after visiting the University of Aleppo
hospital and the al-Rajaa hospital.