The Syrian army said that an air strike late on Wednesday by the U.S.-led coalition hit poison gas supplies belonging to Isis, releasing a toxic substance that killed “hundreds including many civilians.” The U.S.-led coalition denied the report, saying they carried out no airstrikes in that area at that time.
Haaretz reported the incident in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that ISIS and Al-Qaida-linked militants “possess chemical weapons,” a statement by the army flashed on Thursday by Syrian state TV said, a week after the country drew widespread condemnation for a chemical attack that killed at least 80 people.
A statement from the Syrian army said the bombing on Wednesday around 5.30pm local time in the eastern Deir al-Zor province hit the terror group’s stockpile, but it gave no details about which toxic substance it might be.
But US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the America-led coalition, said it had carried out no air strikes in that area at the time.
“The Syrian claim is incorrect,” he said, accusing the regime of deliberately spreading “misinformation”.
The Independent reported on the details of the claim:
Syrian state-owned news agency Sana reported the air strike, on the village of Hatla, as a “white cloud that became yellow as a result of the explosion of a huge store that includes a large amount of toxic materials”.
There has been no independent confirmation of the alleged attack by the US-led coalition, which has operated in the skies above Syria since 2014 and includes British, French and German contributions.
The incident proved that Isis and al Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”, a statement by the army aired by Syrian state TV said.
It added that many died from suffocation after inhaling the noxious gases.
Some consider this an attempt to turn attention away from last week’s Syrian chemical attack that is being blamed on the Syrian military. Syria and Russia still say it was rebels that were responsible for the attack that led to the U.S. attacking a Syrian military base.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)