ISIS targets Syrian Democratic Forces with chemical weapons

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ARA News

HASAKAH – At least 15 fighters from the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were wounded on Tuesday in a chemical attack by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, medical sources reported on Wednesday.

The SDF leadership confirmed that several shells containing chemicals dropped on their positions in the vicinity of Shaddadi city [60 km south of Hasakah city] northeastern Syria.

The SDF Media Centre issued Wednesday a statement, obtained by ARA News, saying: “On April 26, ISIS terrorists pounded our fighters’ positions in the Taqa village near Shaddadi with mortar shells containing toxic chemicals.” 

“15 fighters of the SDF have been injured and suffered suffocation by toxic gases,” the SDF leadership added. 

A Medical source in Hasakah told ARA News that investigations confirmed the SDF fighters have been exposed to an attack by chemical agents. 

The SDF forces include the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along with Arab and Christian groups. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF alliance is mainly focused on fighting ISIS, al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups in northern Syria.

The hardline group has used chemical weapons in earlier attacks against the Kurdish forces of the YPG in Syria and the Peshmerga in northern Iraq. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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