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Damascus Accuses Foreign Powers Of Facilitating Aleppo Chemical Attack

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Damascus Accuses Foreign Powers Of Facilitating Aleppo Chemical Attack

Illustrative image, source: the SANA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Syria accused foreign powers of facilitating the chemical attack on the city of Aleppo by supplying radical militants in Syria with dangerous chemical materials.

“This terrorist act comes as a result of facilitating terrorists’ access to chemical substances by some states with the aim of using them against the Syrian people and accusing the Syrian Government of that through plays whose scenario had been previously prepared at the black rooms of the intelligence of some states which sponsor terrorism,” the ministry said in a letter sent to the U.N. Secretary-General, the Security Council’s President and the Director-General of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The chemical attack, which occurred a day earlier, injured 107 civilians, some of them are still in critical condition. Syrian sources said that the attack was carried out with rockets containing chlorine gas.

In the end of its letter, the Syrian MoFA called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the “terrorist crime” and to hold foreign powers, which supported the militants, accountable for the attack.

“The Syrian Arab Republic’s Government demands the Security Council to immediately and strongly condemn these terrorist crimes and to … take deterrent, immediate and punitive measures against the states and regimes which support and fund terrorism,” said the ministry.

Few months ago, Russia and the Damascus government warned that Western countries had supplied Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, with chemical weapons, including chlorine gas. However, these warnings were never taken seriously by the international community.

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