Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:38 | Published Date
DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Syrian army has not used chemical weapons in Khan Shaikhoun town in Idlib countryside, the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces has stressed, denying claims by some media outlets about using chemical materials by the army in the above mentioned town.
In a statement on Tuesday, the army command said “in a desperate attempt to justify their failure and to maintain the flow of funding from their supporters, the armed terrorist groups used to accuse the Syrian army of using toxic gases against members of these groups and against civilians every time they fail to implement the agenda of their sponsors and operators or to achieve any gains on ground.”
The command categorically denied the accusation, saying the Syrian army has neither used chemical or toxic materials in Khan Shaikhoun, nor will it use them in the future.
“The army hasn’t used and won’t use chemical materials at any place or at any time not in the past and not in future, ” the command affirmed, saying the army never commits such vicious crimes.
The command concluded the statement by asserting that the terrorist groups and their supporters are responsible for the using of chemical and poisonous materials and for the loss of the lives of innocent people.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:40
Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Tuesday the allegations published by media outlets about directing Russian airstrikes on Khan Shaikhoun town in Idleb countryside, SANA reported.
Earlier, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that an air strike in Idleb province left 58 people dead. Eleven of them were children. The agency speculated that the strike may have been dealt by government forces, which used a toxic gas.
“The Defense Minister has strongly dismissed another fake by Reuters Russian planes allegedly bombed Khan Shaikhoun. Russian planes carried out no strikes in the area of Khan Shaikhoun,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“Moreover, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Syria, as the source, which in reality has said nothing about Russian planes’ involvement in rumored bombing of Khan Shaikhoun with chemical ammunition,” it added.