Russia defended its ally Damascus on Wednesday in the face of an international outcry over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, saying a Syrian air strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” containing “toxic substanc
The claim by the Kremlin came as the international community continued to point its finger at the Syrian regime over the deadly attack, with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson blaming President Bashar Assad for deliberately carrying out the bombing that has left at least 72 people dead and hundreds more wounded.
The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday on the attack.
“According to the objective data of the Russian airspace control, Syrian aviation struck a large terrorist warehouse near Khan Sheikhoun,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement, adding that the warehouse contained “toxic substances.”
It housed “a warehouse making bombs, with toxic substances,” said the ministry, without stating if the strike was deliberate.
“The arsenal of chemical weapons” was destined for fighters in Iraq, the ministry said, adding that the information was “completely reliable and objective.”
He claimed the use of such weapons “by terrorists has been repeatedly proved by international organizations as well as official authorities” in Iraq.
If confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria’s brutal civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.
It unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with airplanes carrying out strikes that released “toxic gas” on Khan Sheikhoun, in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to witnesses and a monitoring group.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said at least 160 people suffered the effects of the gas, with medical sources reporting incidents of vomiting, fainting, breathing problems and foaming at the mouth.
It’s clear after a review of the available evidence thus far, that western media and politicians who are condemning the Syrian government and Russia for “chemical attacks” – are spreading fake news in order to gain political backing for a wider military intervention.
Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo as he attempts to litigate a fictitious verdict which happens to fit perfectly into the US pro-war and ‘No Fly Zone’ narrative being echoed by ‘regime change’ hawks John McCain and Adam Kinzinger on their same network today, and further echoed by more demagoguery from CNN’s Syria ‘experts’ Arwa Damon and Clarissa Ward as they blame the Syrian government with no evidence whatsoever. This segment by CNN is very definition ofpropaganda:
Syrianna Analysis: Similar to 2013 chemical attack, the Western governments, and corporate mainstream media accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, this time in Khan Shaykhun, in Idleb. This video discusses the disgusting and criminal usage of chemical weapons in Syria, indicating that it is not the Syrian government but the Islamist\terrorist groups behind the attacks. Watch:
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