RUS­SIA LIED ABOUT CHEM­I­CAL WEAPONS OF SYR­IAN REBELS

Manila Times - - World -

WASHINGTON: The United States and Bri­tain ac­cused Rus­sia on Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila) of fab­ri­cat­ing a story about chem­i­cal weapons use by Syr­ian rebels and warned Moscow against un­der­min­ing a shaky truce. Rus­sia’s de­fense min­istry said rebels fired weapons con­tain­ing chlo­rine on Novem­ber 24 on the regime-held city of Aleppo, with Syr­ian state me­dia re­port­ing that around 100 Syr­i­ans were hos­pi­tal­ized for breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Rus­sia re­sponded to the pur­ported at­tack with air raids on Idlib, the lat­est ma­jor strong­hold of rebels and ji­hadists bat­tling Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, throw­ing into ques­tion a truce reached in mid-Septem­ber. The US said it had “cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion” that the chlo­rine ac­count was false and that Rus­sian and Syr­ian forces in­stead had fired tear gas.

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