Syrian opposition demands probe into gas attack
A Syrian man breathes with an oxygen mask following an alleged regime gas attack on the village of Sarmin, on March 17, 2015 (AFP/Mohamad Zeen)
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The Syrian National Coalition has demanded the United Nations investigate the gas attackon a small, rebel held town in northwest Syria, reports Associated Press.
According to Associated Press, Hisham Marwa, vice president of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, called for an on-site UN investigation to begin immediately.
The attack occurred in Sarmin late Monday night and killed six people, including three children. All the victims were from the same family.
"Three children, their mother and father, and their grandmother suffocated to death after regime barrel bomb attacks," the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
Upon examining the dead after the attack, doctors from Sarmin told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the cause of death was gas poisoning, which may have been emitted from the bombs.