August 2, 2016 / 5:03 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. says looking into reports of toxic gas dropped on Syrian town

A still image taken on August 2, 2016 from a video said to be taken on August 1, 2016 posted on social media shows two men standing over a man on a bed, making him sit up as he breathes through a mask in what is said to be in Saraqeb, Idlib province, Syria. Social Media/Handout via Reuters Tv

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was looking into reports that toxic gas was dropped on a Syrian town close to where a Russian military helicopter went down and, if the accounts were true, it would be “extremely serious.”

“If true, it would be extremely serious,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing. He said the United States was not in a position to confirm the veracity of the reports by a Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton Editing by W Simon

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