Assad: Chemical Attack Was '100 Percent Fabrication ... Were They Dead At All?'

Laura Christensen
April 14, 2017

On Thursday, in an interview with AFP, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said the alleged gas attack which the USA and its allies have blamed on the Syrian military was "100 percent fabrication".

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", Assad told Agence France Presse in an interview.

Assad accused the West, particularly the United States, of being "hand-in-glove with the terrorists" over the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

The Syrian leader later asserted that his country didn't have a chemical weapons "arsenal".

"There was no order to make any attack..."

"There's no distinction in the use of chemical weapons".

Meanwhile, the United States has admitted that it killed 18 allied fighters in northern Syria in a misdirected air strike.

The chemical attacks in Syria that left more than 80 men, women and children dead have been blamed on Assad.

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A Syrian military source strongly denied the army had used any such weapons.

The British delegation tweet says that Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told Thursday's hastily convened meeting of its executive council that the "Fact Finding Mission is working to gather evidence" about the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 90 people. Syria "provided a grossly incomplete declaration to the OPCW of its chemical weapons program".

The chemical weapon attack in Syria has led to a standoff between America and Russia, Assad's principal backer, over the future of the Middle East nation.

President Trump ordered a retaliatory missile strike on a Syrian military air base last Thursday that was widely hailed by world leaders, but forcefully condemned by Assad and Russian Federation, one of the authoritarian leader's biggest supporters.

It was the first direct USA military action against Assad's forces since the start of Syria's civil war six years ago and led to a quick downward spiral in ties between Washington and Moscow.

The WHO said it was likely that some kind of chemical was used in the attack because sufferers had no apparent external injuries and died from a rapid onset of similar symptoms, including acute respiratory distress.

"But we need to base everything on facts, facts that we can prove stand the test of the time of the facts", Jieyi added. The arrangement was brokered by Russian Federation after 1,300 people were killed in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in a sarin gas attack.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that OPCW inspectors should visit both the Syrian air base, which the USA said served as a platform for the attack, and Khan Sheikhoun to get a full and objective picture.

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