Turkish Media: Syria Attack Causes ‘Chemical Gas’ Symptoms in Rebels

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -
A rebel fighter stands with his weapon in Jubata al-Khashab, Quneitra province, Syria November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir
A rebel fighter stands with his weapon in Jubata al-Khashab, Quneitra province, Syria, Nov. 26. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Faqir)

A rocket attack by Islamic State terrorists in northern Syria caused symptoms of “chemical gas” in 22 Syrian rebels, state media cited the Turkish armed forces as saying on Sunday.

The attack targeted Turkey-backed rebels who have been besieging the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab for days. Al-Bab is a major target in the “Euphrates Shield” operation to push the jihadists away from the Syrian side of the Turkish border.

The Turkish military said the rocket attack was in Syria’s Haliliye area, according to state-run Anadolu agency. It did not specify when the attack occurred.

Media reports said Turkish AFAD emergency relief teams had conducted various tests on the affected rebels for traces of chemical materials at a hospital in Turkey’s border province of Kilis.