Thursday morning the Syrian army claimed the the US airstrikes, used to it an airbase that was using chemical bombs against their own people, hit ISIS’ poisonous gas supply. They claim that the toxin release killed hundreds.
However, according to Colonel John Dorrian, who is a spokesman for the coalition, we never carried out any airstrikes in that area at that time. He told Reuters, “The Syrian claim is incorrect and likely intentional misinformation.”
This could certainly cause Russia to react aggressively, if they believe the claim, because it would give them a “solid” reason to have strife with the US, in their eyes.
A statement on behalf of the Syrian army said the bombing at around 5.30pm local time (3.30pm BST) on Wednesday in the eastern Deir al-Zor province hit the terror group’s stockpile, without giving details of which toxic substance it might be.
The incident in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that ISIS and Al-Qaida-linked militants “possess chemical weapons,” a statement by by Syrian state TV said.
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”.
There has been no independent confirmation of the alleged attack by the US-led coalition, which has operated in the skies above Syriasince 2014 and includes British, French and German contributions.
The incident proved that Isis and al Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”, a statement by the army aired by Syrian state TV said.
It added that many died from suffocation after inhaling the noxious gases.
It is unclear where things will go from here. However, it could be viewed as a distraction, to diverse attention from the chemical attacks of the Syrians on their own people.
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