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    Fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group have used chemical weapons on the northeastern Syrian town of Marea, media reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The group, notorious for causing violence and destruction in Syria and Iraq, previously deployed similar materials while shelling Marea two weeks ago. Sources on the ground told local media that several people had suffered from asphyxiation.

    Unnamed sources told Sky News that the town, located 15 miles north of Aleppo, had been the target of a similar attack on Tuesday.

    Last week, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid organization reported that it had treated a family exhibiting symptoms of exposure to chemical agents at its hospital in the Aleppo Governorate.

    Both the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    Last month, field testing of mortars fired at Kurdish forces in a northern Iraqi town found traces of mustard gas.

    The latest reports come as satellite images have emerged confirming the destruction of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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