TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorist and rebel groups in Syria have attacked Damascus soldiers with chemical weapons, killing and injuring large numbers of them, news reports said on Sunday.
According to a report by al-Watan newspaper, medical sources said that the complications of inhalation which is caused by chemical gases were witnessed in a number of Syrian soldiers who were transferred to Hamish hospital in Damascus and a number of them have passed away.
The rescue forces who transferred the soldiers to the hospital said that a mortar was fired at the Syrian soldiers after which the symptoms of poisoning by chemical gases were seen in them.
Medical sources said that the Syrian military forces in Hamish hospital showed some symptoms like vomiting and coma and a white liquid emitted from their noses and mouths, which are all the symptoms of being poisoned by chemical gases.
Earlier in March, terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and reports indicated that around 25 people were killed, most of them civilians.
After that Syria asked for an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons by militants in Aleppo.
The chemical attack came after a video footage posted on the internet late in January showed that the armed militants in Syria possessed canisters containing chemical substances.
The foreign-sponsored militants had earlier released footage in which rabbits were killed by inhaling poisonous gas.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.
Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.