A group of children, who were taken to a hospital in Daraa after being exposed to sarin, have died of their injuries, Saudi-based health authorities said.
The children, aged 5 to 10, suffered serious head and chest injuries, and were transported to a nearby hospital in the capital, Riyadh, said Dr. Mufeed al-Qasimi, who heads the Saudi Red Crescent’s Children’s Hospital.
A Saudi Arabian government official confirmed to Fox News that one child had died in the hospital and two others were hospitalized with other injuries.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that two children had died, and that the others were being treated for their injuries.
In a separate incident on Friday, a baby boy and his two sisters were killed in the northern city of Ras al-Ain in the northwestern province of Saada, according to local authorities.
The child’s mother, who was identified as a woman, said she was carrying her two-year-old daughter in her arms when a car bomb exploded nearby, and then the vehicle detonated.
The baby, who had been lying in a car seat, was killed instantly, according, al-Sudan.
Authorities also confirmed that another child was wounded in the blast.
The two other victims were identified as Anees al-Faqir and Saad al-Wassam, both aged six months.
Authorities did not give a reason for the blast or provide further details about the car bombing.
Saudi Arabia has been at war with the Iran-backed Syrian government since 2015 over the country’s contested southern border with Iran.
The kingdom has also been accused of carrying out a string of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the nerve agent sarin.
Earlier this month, the kingdom agreed to give up its chemical weapons stockpiles and dismantle its chemical munitions labs in a move that it said would “ensure the elimination of all its chemical and biological weapons.”
Saudi Arabia is also at odds with the United States, which maintains it is not part of the Syrian conflict, as well as Turkey, which considers the kingdom to be a major ally in the region.
Saudi officials also claim to have severed ties with Iran after the 1979 revolution that toppled Saudi King Abdullah, and have been criticized by the United Nations for its lack of response to the crisis in Syria.