Syria denies US claims it used chemical weapons against rebel-held areas

Syria denies US claims it used chemical weapons against rebel-held areas

Russian Federation is ultimately to blame for any use of chemical weapons in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday amid reports of a suspected chemical attack this week near the capital, Damascus. He stressed that the U.S. did not have evidence of sarin gas use.

"We're even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use", he said.

"We take the allegations of chemical weapons use very seriously and are working with our partners on the ground to investigate the reports", she said, calling on the worldwide community "to hold the perpetrators of these attacks accountable, and will speak with a united voice in condemnation".

He added "they'd be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical convention".

On Thursday, the US State Department said it was "extremely concerned" about reports of an imminent chlorine gas attack against an opposition-held suburb outside of Damascus.

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Officials also pointed the finger at the Syrian government for a chlorine gas attack east of Damascus last week that sickened more than a dozen people.

The Trump Administration last week accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Government of producing and using "new kinds of weapons" to deliver deadly chemical poisons.

They emphasized that the United States was seeking a new way to hold chemical weapons-users accountable and wanted cooperation from Russia, Assad's patron, in pressuring him to end the attacks. President Donald Trump said the attack was meant to deter further Syrian use of illegal weapons.

In 2013, Syria said it would give up all of its chemical weapons. France says affiliated companies based in multiple countries have been furnishing materials for the manufacture of chemical weapons, including sarin gas. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.

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