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'Inhuman' chemical attack tests Turkey's relations with Russia

An apparent chemical attack has ravaged a small rebel-held Syrian town and Turkey has found itself in the middle of the aftermath, torn between supporting anti-Assad rebels and its need to ally with Russia.
A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX33ZAV
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Turkey’s quest to justify its recent courtship of Russia looks more difficult today in the aftermath of a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border.

At least 65 people were killed and 350 wounded by jets that struck Khan Sheikhoun in the early morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The aircraft thought to belong to the Syrian air force then reportedly attacked local clinics treating survivors, medics and activists said. Horrific images of lifeless children, and of others foaming at the mouth and convulsing, have flooded social media. Turkey’s pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper claimed that a mosque was hit in the strikes.

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