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Syrian rescue worker says 3 die in suspected chlorine attack

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, civilians walk with containers for fuel and water in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo. The report, which was posted online on Thursday, Aug. 11, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, civilians walk with containers for fuel and water in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo. The report, which was posted online on Thursday, Aug. 11, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian Military General Staff speaks to the media, as a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows a Russian warplane unloads its weapons over target on screen at a Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rudskoi said that fighting in Aleppo will cease for three hours daily to allow humanitarian aid deliveries. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian Military General Staff speaks to the media, as a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows a Russian warplane unloads its weapons over target on screen at a Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rudskoi said that fighting in Aleppo will cease for three hours daily to allow humanitarian aid deliveries. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Staffan de Mistura, right, UN Special Envoy for Syria and Jan Egeland, left, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, attend a news conference after the meeting of the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Aug.11, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    Staffan de Mistura, right, UN Special Envoy for Syria and Jan Egeland, left, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, attend a news conference after the meeting of the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Aug.11, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo.

Khaled Harah, a first responder, says a government helicopter dropped four barrel bombs on Wednesday night on the neighborhood of Zabadieh and that one of them released chlorine gas.

The report, which was posted online on Thursday, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that tracks the civil war in Syria, also reported that government barrel bombs struck the neighborhood. It had reports of two killed and several people suffering breathing difficulties.

The Observatory made no mention of chlorine gas.