A picture taken on March 22, 2017 in the Syrian town of Tayyibat al-Imam in the countryside of the central province of Aleppo, shows fighters running amdist destruction down a street past a rising plume of smoke from a burning tire meant to disrupt warplanes.
(photo credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR / AFP)
Allegations of a second chemical attack launched by Syrian Army forces surfaced on Thursday after various sources on the ground reported the incident, according to Arab media.
Helicopters belonging to President Bashar Assad's forces were seen dropping barrel bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas in the village of Al-Lataminah, located in northern part of the country near Hama.
Footage capturing the alleged attack showed yellow smoke rising above the city. Local media claimed that the assault left numerous civilian casualties and dozens wounded.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it was too early to accuse the Syrian government of being responsible for a deadly poison gas attack
just days before in Idlib Province and said a proper investigation was needed, the RIA news agency reported.
The ministry also rejected US assertions that the attack, which killed at least 70 people, meant a deal to rid the country of its chemical weapons stockpile had failed, saying that the process had in fact been "quite successful," RIA reported.
US President Donald Trump accused Assad's government of going "beyond a red line" with the attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.
Aftermath of suspected chemical gas attack in Idlib , Syria on April 4, 2017 (REUTERS)
Russia has suggested it will publicly stand by Assad however and says the chemical incident was likely caused by a leak from a depot controlled by Syrian rebels.