Opposition claims ISIS attacked with chemical gas in Aleppo

Syrian victims involved in ISIS attack on town of Marea in Aleppo district show symptoms of chemical weapon use according to ground sources

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A member loyal to ISIS waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014.

Residents of Marea, a town in Aleppo district, showed severe symptoms that would prove attacks allegedly launched by ISIS on Friday morning, were chemical attacks, according to claims made by opposition sources on ground.

Victims who were exposed to the strikes were brought to the Marea hospital, displaying cases of suffocation, redness in the eyes and skin also a strong stench coming from their clothes.

The injured who are mainly women and children were then transported to bordering hospitals to receive better treatment.

No reports of dead bodies have yet been announced, since most of the residents have already evacuated the town due to rising clashes between ISIS militants and the opposition fighting groups.

Samples from the places that were hit by ISIS have already been collected for further inspection.

The opposition fighting groups have recently prevented the ISIS militants attempts to capture the town, including successful destruction of vehicles planted with bombs before they could reach the town.

Several sources on the field have stated that due to ISIS’s continuous failure to capture the city from the control of the opposition fighting groups, the militants used toxic gas in its most recent attacks.

It is not the first time ISIS have been accused of using chemical weapons.

Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have claimed in August, that ISIS attacked Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Makhmur with chemical weapons.

“Last night at least 45 mortar rounds were fired at our positions, which we believe were loaded with chemicals, since the wounds are different,” Peshmerga commander Muhammad Khoshawi had told Rudaw, the official news agency of the KRG.

Last month, the research groups said, ISIS militants had also targeted Peshmerga forces with a projectile filled with an unknown chemical agent on June 21 or 22. The KRG had also made a statement in March, claiming they had evidence that ISIS used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23.

Research organisations stated, they had also documented two similar assaults against the Kurdish groups like the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province on June 28.


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