Syria war: U.S. and United Kingdom say alleged rebel chemical attack 'fabricated'

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

The Syrian and Russian military officials have yet to comment on the latest United States accusations, however, earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry reported that terrorists used chemical weapons in an attack in Aleppo.

The US state department said the goal was to "undermine confidence" in the ceasefire in Idlib province.

Russia's defense ministry said rebels fired grenades containing chlorine on November 24 on the regime-held city of Aleppo, with Syrian state media reporting that around 100 Syrians were hospitalized for breathing difficulties.

In addition to this, the official cautioned Russian Federation against tampering with the site of the suspected chemical attack in Aleppo.

Russia, the top global backer of Assad, and the Syrian government both denied the incident, saying footage of suffering victims including children was staged.

"The United States is deeply concerned that pro-regime officials have maintained control of the attack site in its immediate aftermath, allowing them to potentially fabricate samples and contaminate the site before a proper investigation of it by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons", state department spokesman Robert Palladino said.

Parts of the Aleppo region, as well as the neighbouring provinces of Hama and Idlib, are controlled by Turkish-backed rebels and jihadists. The UK assesses it highly unlikely that chlorine was used in this incident, as the regime and its Russian allies have claimed. It is likely that this was either a staged incident meant to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russian Federation and the regime sought to take advantage.

The United States, the United Nations and other Western governments have repeatedly accused Assad's forces of using chemical weapons over the last several years.

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