World Syria denies possessing chemical arms, says use 'unacceptable'

17:47  14 february  2018
17:47  14 february  2018 Source:   AFP

Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria's Afrin, says accusations baseless

  Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria's Afrin, says accusations baseless Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region."These are baseless accusations. Turkey never used chemical weapons. We take utmost care about civilians in Operation Olive Branch," the source said.

" Syria 's government categorically denies possessing chemical weapons. We consider the use of such arms as immoral and unacceptable , whatever the context," said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, quoted by state news agency SANA.

The Syrian government on Wednesday denied it possessed chemical weapons and branded the use of such arms "immoral and unacceptable ", following a French warning of punitive strikes.

Children cross a street in front a banner showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, Syria, in January.© Hassan Ammar Children cross a street in front a banner showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, Syria, in January. The Syrian government on Wednesday denied it possessed chemical weapons and branded the use of such arms "immoral and unacceptable," following a French warning of punitive strikes.

"Syria's government categorically denies possessing ... chemical weapons. We consider the use of such arms as immoral and unacceptable, whatever the context," said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, quoted by state news agency SANA.

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On Tuesday, France's President Emmanuel Macron warned his country would launch strikes if proof emerged that the Syrian regime had used banned chemical weapons against its civilians.

Key facts on suspected chemical attacks in Syria

  Key facts on suspected chemical attacks in Syria The latest fighting in Syria has seen an uptick in the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime, including on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. The fresh violence has sparked wide concern and threats of military action from the United States.It was in the Eastern Ghouta enclave in August 2013 that a chemical attack, the biggest of any conflict in years, killed hundreds of people.Damascus has since ratified the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons but the investigating body subsequently created saw its mandate expire in November last year.

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" Syria 's government categorically denies possessing chemical weapons. We consider the use of such arms as immoral and unacceptable , whatever the context," said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, quoted by state news agency Sana.

According to Washington, at least six chlorine attacks have been reported since early January in rebel-held areas, resulting in dozens of injuries.

Damascus last month also denied carrying out chemical attacks and its ally Moscow denounced such charges as a "propaganda campaign," stressing the perpetrators had not been identified.

France, like the United States, suspects the Syrian regime but says it does not yet have concrete evidence on the nature and origin of the attacks.

Damascus has repeatedly been accused of using chemical weapons, with the United Nations among those blaming government forces for an April 2017 sarin gas attack on the opposition-held village of Khan Sheikhun that left scores dead.

In retaliation for that alleged attack, the U.S. carried out cruise missile strikes on a Syrian regime airbase.

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Russia says five of its civilians may have been killed in Syria by U.S.-led forces .
<p>Five Russian citizens may have been killed in Syria in clashes with U.S.-led coalition forces this month, but they were not Russian military personnel, the Russian foreign ministry said.</p>"Based on preliminary information, as a result of an armed encounter, the reasons for which are now being investigated, we could be talking about the deaths of five people," the spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a briefing.

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