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    Moscow strongly condemns terrorist attack with toxic substances against the civilians in Syrian Aleppo, this is not the first instance when militants used chemical weapons against civilians, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    It was not the first time that terrorists used chemical weapons against civilians in Aleppo, the statement said.

    "According to the incoming data, on October 30, terrorists shelled Hamdaniya, Dahiyat Al-Assad neighborhoods of western Aleppo using homemade shells with chemical substances. As a result at least 35 people received poisoning, many of whom were hospitalized. This instance of combat use of chemicals by the terrorists against the civilians is not, unfortunately, an isolated case… We strongly condemn the terrorist attack using toxic substances against the civilians in Aleppo," the statement read.

    Commenting on the recent chemical attacks carried out by terrorist groups in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated its stance on the separation of members of the opposition from terrorists.

    The leadership of the Syrian Arab Army issued a statement earlier Monday saying that al-Nusra Front killed at least 84 people and injured 280 in Aleppo during the past three days, taking advantage of the ceasefire.

    Al-Nusra Front terrorists and some Syrian rebel groups, allied to the group, launched an offensive in Aleppo's south-west on Friday. For more than three days, terrorists have been attacking Syrian Arab Army's units, as well as residential areas in western and central parts of Aleppo.

    On Saturday, militants in Aleppo carried out attacks on the Al-Asad military academy and Bustan az-Zakhra district. Heavy fighting continues near the academy with armored vehicles' detonation and suicide bombers' attacks as part of the terrorists' offensive. According to Syrian military intelligence data, during a few days of the humanitarian pause in Aleppo, militants have redeployed some 8,000 fighters to the city's south and north. If terrorists gain control over the Al-Asad military academy, the whole western part of Aleppo will be under threat of militants' fire.


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