At least two people have been killed in the town of Kafr Zita in Syria’s central province of Hama in what appears to be a chemical attack.
Syrian television said on Saturday that more than 100 people were also injured in the attack carried out by militants from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front on Friday.
The chemical agent used is believed to have been toxic liquid chlorine.
“There is information that the terrorist al-Nusra Front released toxic chorine…leading to the death of two people and causing more than 100 people to suffer from suffocation,” State TV said, adding, “There is information that al-Nusra Front is preparing to hit Wadi Deif in Idlib Province and Morek in Hama Province with toxic chorine or sarin.”
On August 21, 2013, hundreds of Syrians were killed and scores of others were injured in a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus.
The militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition accused the army of being behind the deadly attack.
Damascus, however, vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.
Following the chemical attack, US stepped up its war rhetoric against the Syrian government and called for punitive military action against Damascus.
The Syrian government averted possible US aggression by accepting a Russian plan to put its chemical arsenal under international control and then have them destroyed.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.