Syria slams OPCW findings on 2017 chemical attacks





Damascus - The Syrian government on Thursday condemned a report by the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that said the military leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad likely used chemical weapons in a rebel area in 2017.



The report by OPCW-appointed investigators focuses on incidents in the then rebel-controlled city of Ltamenah on March 24, 25, and 30, 2017.
There were "reasonable grounds" to believe that the Syrian air force had used sarin and chlorine as a chemical weapon, said the report, released on Wednesday.
The report added that around 100 people were "affected" in the three attacks.
Syria's state news agency SANA, citing the Foreign Ministry, said Damascus condemns in the strongest terms the report and "rejects what came in its form and content."
The statement denied the government forces' use of toxic gases in Latamneh or elsewhere in Syria.
"This report included false and fabricated conclusions, the aim of which is to falisfy facts and accuse the Syrian government of using toxic substances," it added.
Western states, the Syrian opposition and human rights groups have all accused the al-Assad regime of causing numerous deaths in several chemical weapons attacks in the course of Syria's nine-year-long civil war.
Al-Assad's government and its main backer, Russia, have consistently rejected such accusations.

 


Thursday, April 9th 2020
(dpa)
           


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