The health directorate of the Syrian interim government in Hama province said that the main hospital in the town of Latamina in northern rural Hama was put out of service after it was hit with chlorine-filled barrel bombs on Sunday. Five members of the medical staff suffered asphyxiation and had to be rushed to a hospital near the Bab Alhawa border crossing with Turkey.
Activists in the area said that Assad regime helicopters dropped two chlorine-filled barrel bombs on Latamina at 10 am on Sunday. The Assad regime and Russian air forces also raided a number of towns and villages in northern and northwestern rural Hama, with the most violent airstrikes hitting the towns of Latamina, Halfaya, Souran, and Taybet Alimam.
The town of Latamina was also hit with dozens of napalm bombs between Saturday evening and Monday morning.
Meanwhile, violent clashes continue to rage between rebel fighters and regime forces in northern and northwestern rural Hama, especially around the towns of Qimhana, Alsheer, and Ma’arzaf.
On March 20, the European Union imposed sanctions on four Assad regime military officials for using chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)