Activists accuse Daesh of using mustard gas in Syria

Published September 2nd, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

Another suspected instance of mustard gas use in an attack by Daesh has been reported north of Syria.

At least four people were killed on Tuesday after Daesh militants struck the town of Mare'e, located north of the flashpoint city of Aleppo with artillery shells that contained chemicals, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The London-based group, which is affiliated to Syria opposition groups, said many other civilians in Mare’e were hospitalized due to severe respiratory problems.

The report said shelling lasted for more than two hours and Daesh militants fired at least 30 rounds of shells containing mustard gas.

The chemical attack on Mare’e, a town located around 80 kilometers north of Aleppo, comes days after health sources in the town reported that they received patients who had symptoms indicating exposure to toxic agent.

Following an attack on August 21, 23 patients were admitted to hospitals with doctors saying blood samples showed mustard gas was used.

On August 14, US media outlets cited several American intelligence and military officials as saying that the terrorists had used mustard agent as a weapon in their raid on the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah in early August.

Sulfur mustard, also known as mustard gas, can form large blisters on exposed skin and in the lungs.

The Daesh militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians in areas they have overrun.


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