|Fars News Agency | Apr 13, 2017|
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Armed Forces' General Command announced in a statement that the US-led coalition's airstrikes on an ISIL chemical weapons cache in Hatleh village in Eastern Deir Ezzur killed hundreds of militants and civilians after inhaling toxic gases.
The statement explained that after the attack a white cloud was formed on the ground which later turned yellow, adding that these and other signs show a large cache of toxic materials was exploded in the attack.
After the airstrike, hundreds of people, including the militants and a large number of civilians, suffocated to death after inhaling toxic gases.
The statement also said the incident showed that the terrorist groups, headed by the ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) are in hold of chemical weapons and can access, transfer, store and use them with the help of certain regional states.
Stressing that the Syrian army has no chemical weapons and has not used any chemical arms, the statement warned of the dangers of continued chemical attacks by the terrorist groups against the civilians.
The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces had categorically denied allegations and claims circulated by media outlets about the use of chemical substances in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside last week.
“The armed terrorist groups used to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using toxic gases against them or against civilians at anytime they fail to implement the targets of their sponsors and operators or when they are unable to achieve any advantages on the ground in an desperate attempt to justify their failure and to maintain the support of their masters,” the Army’s general command said in a statement last week.
It categorically denied any use of chemical or poisonous materials in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside, affirming that it didn’t and will never use those materials in any place or time, nor in the future.
The army’s general command held the terrorist groups and those behind them responsible for the use of chemical and toxic substances and the disregard for the lives of innocent citizens to achieve their goals and base agendas.
The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Shairat last Thursday, claiming that it was a response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria’s Idlib province three days prior.