In the late hours of March 23, unknown militants launched several munitions containing toxic substances at the residential areas in the government-held towns of al-Rasif and al-Azizah in the northern Hama countryside.
A medical source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that 21 civilians were intoxicated as a result of the attack. The injured civilians are currently receiving medical treatment at the National Hospital in the nearby town of Al-Suqaylabiyah.
The injured civilians are reportedly suffering from itching in their eyes and skin as well as burns in their throats. The symptoms are identical to the side effects of some chemical weapons, like Mustard gas.
The Syrian authorities have collected samples from the attack site and the injured civilians, according to pro-government sources.
If the attack with toxic substances is confirmed, this will be the second militant attack with such weapons since the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreement. Last November, the city of Aleppo was targeted with shells containing chlorine gas.