International: Death toll in Syria gas attack now 72 and climbing

The death toll in the Syrian gas attack has climbed to 72.

The victims were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, after a chemical gas had been dropped from “unknown” war planes. More than 550 people were injured.

Local health workers said the death toll could rise and eventually reach 100.

Witnesses also said that the clinics treating the injured were then targeted by airstrikes.

The Syrian National Coalition, an opposition group, said a gas similar to sarin was used in the attack, which it blamed on government planes, but the Syrian military rejected the accusation saying they had not use any chemicals in Khan Sheikhoun.

The Russian defence ministry claimed a Syrian airstrike had hit a “terrorist warehouse” containing toxic substances made for fighters in Iraq. It was never stated if the attack was deliberate.

Fingers are being pointed at Russia as many think it would want to defend its ally, Syria, against enemies and they had sent out the chemical filled war planes.

As no one has taken responsibility for the attack, investigations are being carried out to conclude who the airstrike came from.