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US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syria chemical attack

The Latest: Syrian official says evacuations to start Friday US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syria chemical attack
Saul Franklin | 17 April, 2017, 05:53

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the USA of fabricating evidence to support last week's strikes on a government airfield, telling AFP in an interview that his government handed over all its chemical weapons in 2013 and could not have been responsible for an alleged chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"They are Al-Qaeda. They are Al-Nusra Front who shaved their beards, wore white hats, and appeared as humanitarian heroes, which is not the case". The entire incident was "fabricated" and "unconvincing", Assad claimed.

The US said it has "no doubt" Syria was behind the gas attack on the town of Sheikhoun that killed 87 people on April 4.

14 de abril de 2017, 10:32Ankara, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Turkey have agreed to support an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons in northern Syria.

Mrs May also argued it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack in Idlib province.

"Till now, experts of the OPCW's Secretariat (in the investigation into Khan Sheikhoun) for some reason are acting somewhat secretly", the Russian minister said.

He claimed details of the attack were made up in order to give the United States an excuse to bomb a Syrian airbase in retaliation.

"On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward continued.

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Complex transfer is part of a deal that will see more than 10,000 people evacuated and hundreds of prisoners exchanged. He accused the government or extremist rebel groups of orchestrating the attack to discredit the opposition.

Lavrov on Friday expressed skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the U.N.'s chemical weapons watchdog. Syria "continues to possess and use chemical weapons".

Speaking at Sandhurst military academy in Berkshire, she said: "Boris Johnson did an excellent job in bringing together the G7, bringing together global opinion, and enabling Rex Tillerson from the United States to go to Moscow with a very clear message - a consensus from the worldwide community".

Lavrov said Russian Federation vetoed the draft United Nations resolution because it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.

"We are confident, results of such work would be objective and, of course, those involved in that action, should be brought to responsibility", the minister said.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a probe, prompting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to say Moscow had put itself "on the wrong side of the argument".

However, CNN reports that the USA military and intelligence community have obtained communication intercepts that suggest otherwise.

Hakim Baghdadi, a member of the relief committee for Foua and Kfarya, told The Associated Press that evacuations will begin after sunrise Friday because it is safer.

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