The aftermath of a US-led coalition airstrike on an Islamic State (IS) group warehouse in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor proves that terrorist groups have chemical weapons, the Syrian army command said in a communique obtained by Sputnik on Thursday.
“What took place confirms the availability of chemical weapons among the IS and Jabhat al-Nusra and their possible use, purchase, and transportation,” the Syrian military said.
The coalition planes struck the IS warehouse “where a large number of foreign mercenaries was present” at around 14:30-14:50 GMT Wednesday, the command said.
“A white cloud formed at the place of impact, then a yellow one, which indicates the presence of a large number of toxic agents,” its communique reads.
The Syrian forces said hundreds of militants and civilians were killed from poisoning and suffocation in the attack.
The Syrian government claimed that last week’s chemical explosion in the province of Idlib, which the West blames the Syrian government for, was as a result of precision airstrikes against a warehouse where armed opposition groups stored chemical agents.