Syrian military forces loyal to President Bashar Assad
are bombing civilian population centers with unidentified gas shells, al-Jazeera reported Thursday.
According to the report, Syrian opposition members are claiming that Air Force planes bombed the towns of Hama, Adlib and Daraa with unfamiliar substances.
The unidentified gas caused suffocation among residents, the activists said.
Meanwhile, at least 15 people were killed in clashes across Syria
Thursday, according to local opposition groups. The fatalities reportedly included a boy and a girl.
Elsewhere, the al-Arabia network reported that Assad's forces were bombing the outskirts of the Syrian town of Latakia. The same area was bombed earlier this week, with dozens of casualties reported in the carnage.
As violence continues to rage in Syria, the United Nations Security Council was convening a special meeting to discuss the crisis early Friday Israel time. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and envoy to Syria Kofi Annan were slated to take part in the session.