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Syrian army: U.S. coalition air strike hit ISIS poison gas supplies

Syrian army: U.S. coalition air strike hit ISIS poison gas suppliesThe Syrian army said that an air strike late on Wednesday by the U.S.-led coalition hit poison gas supplies belonging to Islamic State, releasing a toxic substance that killed "hundreds including many civilians," according to media reports on Thursday.

A statement on behalf of the Syrian army said the bombing at around 5.30pm local time 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.

Syrian state-owned news agency Sana reported the airstrike, 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”.

The incident proved that Isis and al Qaeda-linked militants "possess chemical weapons", a statement by the army aired by Syrian state TV said.

There was no immediate independent confirmation or reaction from the U.S. coalition.

The United States launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase last week, in response to a deadly poison gas attack in the west of the country that Washington blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's government. Syria and its ally Russia deny Damascus carried out any such chemical attack. Moscow has said the poison gas in that incident last week in Idlib province belonged to rebels.

The U.S. strike on the Syrian air base was the first time Washington has deliberately and directly targeted the Syrian government. It is separately waging an air campaign against Islamic State in eastern Syria.
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