US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

Geneva Matthews
April 17, 2017

"We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of global law and the UN Charter", Lavrov said.

Asked if airstrikes by Syrian troops could have struck a terrorist chemical weapons depot, Assad declined to speculate, saying it was often hard to know the details about targets from aerial pictures.

The chemical weapons strike on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed 87, including women and children, with many more left wounded.

"Definitely, 100% for us, it's fabrication", Assad told AFP Wednesday. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", Assad said.

But Assad said evidence collected at the scene came only from "a branch of al-Qaida", referring to a former jihadi affiliate that is among the groups controlling Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhoun is.

"You have a lot of fake videos now", he said, according to AFP.

"We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun", he said. "Were they dead at all?"

He also said Khan Sheikhoun, in Syria's north-western Idlib province, had no strategic value and was not now a battle front.

He insists the Syrian government had already given up all its chemical weapons in 2013, and says it's "not clear" an attack even happened on April 4.

"We will not allow the peace process to be disrupted", he added.

The Syrian strongman said he couldn't have unleashed a poison gas strike on innocent civilians because the country has gotten rid of its chemical weapons arsenal. "We gave up our arsenal a few years ago", Assad said.

They urge the independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to press ahead with its investigation into the attack, saying: "We are confident in this process and we fully support it". "They had at least 2,000 tons, including hundreds of tons of chemical gas which they allegedly used in the Idlib attack".

The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at Shayrat airfield on April 7.

The Russian authorities have quietly confirmed today what we said previously: the hotline between the USA and Russian militaries in Syria is still suspended despite previous claims that the Russians had agreed to reinstate it.

U.S. Central Command said Thursday that coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike meant to target Islamic State militants south of their Tabqa stronghold.

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