They said the incident on Wednesday in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that ISIS and al Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”
A US-led airstrike has denied killed hundreds of people including civilians after the Syrian army claimed they blew up ISIS poison gas supplies.
The army had said the incident on Wednesday in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that ISIS and al Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”.
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”.
The Syrian Army General Command has claimed hundreds died after being suffocated by the mystery gas.
But the US has denied carrying out raids in the city.
Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the coalition, told Reuters: “The Syrian claim is incorrect and likely intentional misinformation.”
Today’s claims are likely to be seen as an attempt to divert attention away from a deadly toxic attack on April 4 that killed more than 87 people in Idlib.
Washington has blamed the attack on President Bashar al-Assad’s government, but Syria and Russia have vehemently denied the claims.
Assad has since spoken out claiming the attack was “100 per cent fabrication” and that the US are “hands-in-glove” with terrorists.
Samples taken from the poison gas site in Idlib tested positive for nerve agent Sarin, the British delegation at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said today.
Russia has also accused the US of violating international law after the cruise missile attack on the airbase – the first time the US deliberately and directly targeted the Syrian government.
But President Donald Trump fired back by claiming the dramatic strike was in the “vital national security interest”.
The Syrian government has also waded in by claiming the attack on the airbase killed four children – which is still unverified.
by: The Sun