Syria denounces French, US chemical weapons accusations

Xinhua , Sunday 27 Aug 2023

Syria late on Saturday denied US and French allegations that the country used chemical weapons near Damascus in 2013.

Chemical attacks on Ghouta, Syria
File Photo: A member of a UN investigation team collects samples of sand near part of a missile used in the deadly chemical attacks on Ghouta, on Aug. 28, 2013. AP


The Syrian Foreign Ministry vehemently condemned recent statements from the French Foreign Ministry and the spokesperson of the US National Security Council about Syrian government forces' involvement in chemical attacks on Syrian soil, calling them "false accusations and fabricated incidents."

Those pronouncements are deeply intertwined with a history of misinformation and deception, and were merely an attempt to divert attention away from the true culprits, the ministry said.

The ministry mentioned the 2013 incident in Eastern Ghouta region, east of Damascus, and accused France and the United States of attempting to shroud their own roles in the matter.

The United States and its Western allies have gone as far as supplying materials and chemical weapons that were reportedly used in various incidents across Syrian territories, said the ministry.

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