The Russian Defence Ministry stated that Daesh had set up the production of the shells using toxic agents at a plant in Deir ez-Zor province. According to the ministry, 11 terrorists, who had been trained in other countries, were filling the shells with toxic agents.
'The manufactured chemical munitions are intended for firing on positions of the Kurdish SDF, which are conducting, with the support of the United States, military operations against terrorists in the area of the settlement of Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province’, the statement read.
Moscow warned that the terrorists planned to 'carry out a strike against the SDF from the area nearby Syrian pro-government units', in order to frame the Syrian Arab Army.
The US-led coalition includes 70 countries that have been conducting airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria, in particular Deir ez-Zor province. The Syrian government, however, has repeatedly accused the coalition of killing civilians during the operations and deliberately using white phosphorus, which is banned by the UN.