Syria's Assad: Chemical attack was fabrication

14 April, 2017, 19:11 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Khalil Hamra | AP

Eighty-nine people were killed and others injured in the April 4 gas attack in Idlib province.

The Syrian leader said it was "not clear" if the alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province, even took place.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", Assad said in the video released by his office.

The composition of the team had to be spread among geographical regions and make contact with representatives of Damascus and the opposition.

Assad said no proper investigation had been possible because the area was controlled by Nusra Front.

He also rejected American claims of certain evidence that Assad ordered the chemical attack.

Russian Federation has argued the incident was the result of Syria dropping conventional bombs on an al-Qaeda warehouse which had chemicals within, causing a release.

Turkey, which treated numerous wounded, says it has "concrete evidence" Sarin was used. No action was taken and the mandate for the investigation was extended on November 18. This was not some kind of distance information, but information from the site... "We wouldn't have the will, because morally, this is not acceptable".

"We are deeply anxious by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode", he said. Syria has criticized the aid group as being controlled by Britain.

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"It's stage one, the play [they staged] that we saw on social network and TVs, then propaganda and then stage two, the military attack", Assad said, insisting that reports of a chemical weapons attack were made up to facilitate a military response from the U.S.

It was Moscow's eighth veto on a Syria resolution. Three abstained: China, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan. We can not abide the abuse of power by a permanent member of the Security Council, which is responsible for creating and keeping global peace.

Standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, Trump also said it was "certainly possible" that Russian Federation was aware of the suspected attack.

He said investigators have collected samples that have been sent for analysis. Russia's reasoning behind its vote against the resolution is hardly convincing.

"Today, British scientists have completed an analysis of samples obtained from the site of the attack and concluded that Sarin, or a Sarin-like substance, was used".

"You know that India is a signatory of the chemical weapons convention", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in weekly media briefing here.

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says security force have arrested one of the most wanted men involved in "terrorism" and in backing al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said it is gathering evidence about the attack but can not comment on an ongoing investigation. The next meeting of rival Syrians is in May.

However, Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said he was "amazed at this conclusion".

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