The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has once again used chemical weapons in its attacks, this time on residential areas in the Syrian town of Mare’a, a report says.
A number of Mare’a residents said they suffered from asphyxiation after the ISIL terrorists fired shells seemingly containing toxic materials at the town on Saturday, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.
The extremists had previously launched several chemical attacks in various areas under their control in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
On August 14, US media outlets cited several American intelligence and military officials as saying that the terrorists had used mustard agent as a weapon in their raid on the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah in early August.
The sources said it was yet another sign that ISIL is in possession of mustard agent and is using it in battle.
Brigadier General Kevin Killea, chief of staff for American military operations in Iraq and Syria, said at the time that ISIL had used sulfur mustard in its attacks against Kurdish fighters in the northern Iraqi town of Makhmour three days earlier.
The Takfiris reportedly carried out the attack using mortar shells carrying the chemical agent. The attack left some 15 Kurdish fighters wounded.
Sulfur mustard, also known as mustard gas, can form large blisters on exposed skin and in the lungs.
The Daesh militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians in areas they have overrun.