Syria strike hit rebel 'toxic' weapons depot: Russia

Published: April 5, 2017

MOSCOW: A Syrian air strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” containing “toxic substances”, Moscow said Wednesday, a day after a suspected chemical attack in rebel-held north-west Syria that killed scores of civilians.

“According to the objective data of the Russian airspace control, Syrian aviation struck a large terrorist warehouse near Khan Sheikhun,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

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It housed “a warehouse making bombs, with toxic substances”, said the ministry, without stating if the strike was voluntary or deliberate.

“The arsenal of chemical weapons” was destined for fighters in Iraq, the ministry said, adding that the information was “completely reliable and objective.”

The use of such weapons “by terrorists has been repeatedly proved by international organisations as well as official authorities” in Iraq.

The statement did not specify whether the Syrian regime knew there were chemical weapons there and pointed the finger at “terrorists” who they say hold the toxic arms.

At least 72 civilians including 20 children died in a suspected chemical attack on Tuesday in the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province in the north-west.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the attack also left dozens suffering respiratory problems and symptoms including vomiting, fainting and foaming at the mouth.

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Syria’s opposition blamed President Bashar al Assad’s forces, saying the attack cast doubt on the future of peace talks.

The army denied any involvement in a statement blaming “terrorist groups” for using “chemical and toxic substances”.

Rebel groups led by former al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al Sham Front vowed revenge for the attack.

The incident brought swift international condemnation, with the United States, France and Britain presenting a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding a full investigation.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 5, 2017 - 2:40PM

    I dont know how Asad sleeps at night with so much blood shed going on outside his palace. I dont know who is on which side of the law but …. Recommend

  • Oommen
    Apr 5, 2017 - 10:38PM

    Russia is the only European country left – that can really fight on ground. Literally shaking ground and going after terrorists.Recommend

  • numberrsnumbers
    Apr 6, 2017 - 1:36AM

    Yes, and the recent subway bomb attack in Russia actually involved a clumsy Russian Army Courier who dropped a bag of live grenades!Recommend

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