Syria’s Assad: Idlib chemical attack ‘fabrication’


A handout picture released by the Syrian presidency's press office shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with AFP in the capital Damascus, on April 12, 2017. Credit: AFP/Syrian Presidency Press Office/Handout

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was “100 percent fabrication,” the AFP reported on Thursday.

Assad also said Syria’s military had given up all chemical weapons, AFP said on its Twitter account, quoting remarks in an interview with the Syrian president.

The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the attack, something Syria has already denied.

On Tuesday, April 4th, the Syrian Air Force hit the Khan Sheikhoun town in Idlib province with sarin nerve gas, killing at least 87 civilians.

Three days later, the US responded by firing a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at the regime-held Shayrat airbase in Homs.

Nine planes as well as munition and fuel depots were destroyed in the US strike on Syria’s Shayrat airbase early Friday, April 7th.

Moscow slammed the attack ordered by US President Donald Trump as “thoughtless” and called it “aggression against a sovereign state” that violated international norms.


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