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

17:47  14 february  2018
17:47  14 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

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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.

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.

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  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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US-led anti-IS coalition acknowledges 10 more civilian deaths .
The US-led coalition fighting the IS group in Syria and Iraq acknowledged Thursday the deaths of another 10 civilians, increasing the overall toll of non-fighters killed to at least 841. The coalition said in a statement that it had completed a review in January of 116 reports of potential civilian casualties from air and artillery strikes, of which all but four were deemed to be duplicates or not credible.These four incidents occurred in Syria between October 2016 and November 2017.In one instance, five civilians were killed during a coalition attack on IS trucks and fuel tankers.

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