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Iran Press TV

Daesh carries out chemical attack in northern Syria

Iran Press TV

Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:7PM

The Daesh Takfiri terrorists have carried out a chemical attack on residential areas in northern Syria.

Sources in the northwestern city of Aleppo said on Tuesday that the terrorists fires rounds of mustard gas mortars on a government-controlled neighborhood earlier in the day. They said at least 20 people were wounded in the assault.

This was not the first time Daesh used chemicals in its attacks on Aleppo, the sources said, adding that many civilians have suffered from similar poisonous assaults over the past weeks.

Aleppo has become the scene of fierce clashes between foreign-backed militants and government forces over the past few months.

Daesh and other militants have a history of carrying out chemical attacks on civilians and government forces in Iraq and Syria.

On April 7, nearly two dozen people were killed and over 100 others injured in a chemical attack by Daesh against members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Aleppo.

The Daesh terrorists also used internationally-banned chemical weapons in their recent attack against civilians in a village in northern Iraq. At least 17 civilians, including women and children, suffered respiratory problems after Daesh shelled Osija village, located on the southern outskirts of Mosul. Iraqi officials said after initial inspection that shells used in the attack contained chlorine gas, a choking agent banned under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

According to a report by the Syrian-American Medical Society, Daesh has carried out more than 160 attacks involving "poisonous or asphyxiating agents, such as sarin, chlorine, and mustard gas" since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011. Over 1,490 people have been killed in the chemical attacks.

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