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Syrian government denies use of chemical weapons — Syrian diplomat

April 06, 1:12 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

Munzer Munzer underscored that the Syrian army has no chemical weapons and has never used them

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UNITED NATIONS, April 6. /TASS/. Syria’s government denies all accusations of the use of chemical weapons in the country, in particular in Idlib, and continues to be committed to its liabilities under the convention banning such weapons, Charge d' Affairs of the Syrian delegation to the United Nations Munzer Munzer said on Wednesday at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

"Our government categorically denies all fabricated accusations in its respect. At the same time, our government reiterates that it will remain to be committed to its liabilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention and to anti-terrorism efforts. We will continue to fight against terrorism, despite the actions of those who are seeking to use the suffering of the Syrian people in their own narrow purposes," he stressed.

Munzer Munzer underscored that the Syrian army has no chemical weapons and has never used them. Syria, in his words, strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons by any party, regardless of the circumstances. "It is a crime against humanity. It is immoral and cannot be justified," he said.

The news agency Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that an air strike by Syrian or Russian jets had allegedly killed 58 people, including 11 children, and wounded 300. As Reuters said, the air strike could have been carried out by the Syrian government forces in a suspected gas attack.

The Syrian army denied any allegations, saying "it is not using and has not used any chemical weapons."

The Russian defense ministry dismissed these allegations. Later, it said that an air strike on Khan Sheikhun’s eastern suburbs had been delivered by Syrian warplanes in the afternoon on April 4. According to its data, the strikes targeted shops where militants made munitions with poisonous agents that were supplied to Iraq and used in Aleppo.

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