Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Accusations against Syria of using chemical weapons based on false allegations

Accusations against Syria of using chemical weapons
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said on Wednesday that Washington is uneasy about the achievements of the Syrian Arab Army and therefore it spreads misleading news claiming that the Syrian forces are using chemical weapons in the Eastern Ghouta, Idleb and other areas.

“We call on the United Nations to investigate into the actions and practices of the United States, which threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Syria and aim at the liquidation of the Syrian people, contradicting the objectives and principles of the UN,” in a statement read by Mikdad at the Ministry HQ.

“There is still no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Syria and all the accusations are based on false allegations made by the so-called Syrian Civil Defense Organization (white helmets), which actually appeared through publishing news and videos proved to be false,” Mikdad added.

On the period between January 15 and 17 in 2018, terrorists in Idleb used chemical weapons twice against the advanced Syrian forces, Mikdad said, adding that “our soldiers were attacked by chlorine gas near the town of Hawin to the south of Idleb and the town of Sinjar and that made our soldiers in need for medical treatment.”

Mikdad wondered about the role of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which was designed to control the spread and use of chemical weapons,” considering that such an act by the OPCW and the lack of desire of Western countries to take practical measures in response to the use of chemical weapons raise serious questions regarding the direct impact on the activities of international organizations of the United Nations.”

He said that OPCW is ineffective when it comes to investigating chemical attacks on the Syrian soil, as the facts collected by it are limited to researches that were published on websites and interviews with witnesses in other countries, while the investigation must be credible and serious and it should be done in the place where the alleged incident occurred.

About the allegations made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the remaining of his country’s illegal forces in Syria under the pretext of beating terrorists, Mikdad said “we tell Tillerson and others that we are able to get rid of terrorists when the West stops supporting them and that those who killed the terrorists in Syria are the Syrian army and its allies.”

Mikdad pointed out that within two years of launching the so-called international coalition led by US to fight Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization, the organization’s control in Syria has expanded from 20 percent to 70 percent.

“The US uses all pretexts, including that of chemical weapons, to target the Syrian state even though the Syrian Arab Army is achieving victories against Daesh and is about to defeat and liquidate it through successive and successful operations of our forces with the support of our allies. But Washington, which claims to fight the organization, continues its attempts to our government by using all possible means,” he concluded.


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  1. Israel has vowed a “punishing response” if the Syrian regime deploys chemical weapons near its border, Israeli media reported Thursday...

    “The Foreign Ministry fears poison gas may leak into Israel if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons against rebels near the Golan Heights and has reportedly warned of a punishing response should such a situation unfold,” the Times of Israel news website reported.

    The ministry, the newspaper added, had sent a classified message to 15 Israeli ambassadors overseas, providing them with “guidelines for sending strong messages against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah”.

    According to the Times of Israel, the message instructed the diplomats to make clear “that such an incident [i.e., the use of chemical weapons near the border] would require Israel to respond in the strongest possible terms”.

    “We must convey the message that Israel… will defend itself, its citizens, and its sovereignty,” the message read, according to the newspaper.

    The message also reportedly warned that Iran’s military successes in Syria could encourage it to stage attacks on Israel, which, it warned, could lead to an escalation of hostilities across the entire region.

    The latest developments come amid mounting tension in the region after an Israeli F-16 was shot down over Syrian territory on Saturday.


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