U.S. SAYS SYR­IAN FORCES LIKELY FIRED TEAR GAS ON CIVIL­IANS

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Wash­ing­ton — The U.S. on Fri­day ac­cused forces backed by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and Rus­sia of fir­ing tear gas at civil­ians and falsely claim­ing it was a rebel chem­i­cal weapons at­tack. The in­ci­dent oc­curred Nov. 24 amid fight­ing near the gov­ern­ment-held city of Aleppo and re­port­edly left dozens in­jured. Syr­ian of­fi­cials and state me­dia at the time said rebels used poi­sonous gas in mis­siles fired on a neigh­bor­hood. The Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry on Fri­day re­peated the al­le­ga­tion, which the op­po­si­tion has de­nied. A State Depart­ment spokesman said the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad and Rus­sia falsely ac­cused op­po­si­tion groups of a chlo­rine at­tack.

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