Syria rejects surveillance investigation into 2018 fuel assault

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Syria on Wednesday dismissed as fabricating the outcomes of an investigation by the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, which discovered “affordable grounds to consider” that a military helicopter Syrian air pressure dropped a bottle of chlorine on a Syrian metropolis in 2018,

In an announcement, the Syrian Overseas Ministry stated it condemned within the strongest phrases the report launched on Monday by the Netherlands Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

This was the second time that the OPCW’s investigation and identification group concluded that the Syrian authorities armed forces have been doubtless liable for a fuel assault. Final yr, the group additionally discovered affordable grounds to consider that the Syrian Arab Air Drive was liable for assaults with chlorine and the nerve agent sarin in March 2017 within the city of Latamneh.

Within the newest report, the OPCW investigative group stated they discovered proof {that a} army helicopter belonging to the Syrian Air Drive’s tiger forces dropped not less than one bottle of chlorine on the rebel-held city of Saraqeb in northern Syria on February 4, 2018, sickening 12 folks.

Syria has been repeatedly accused of utilizing chemical weapons throughout the nation’s bitter civil warfare. The federal government of President Bashar Assad denies these claims.

In its assertion on Wednesday, the overseas ministry once more categorically denied its use of poison fuel within the metropolis of Saraqeb “or some other city or village in Syria”.

The OPCW can not maintain people criminally liable for assaults.

The investigation group was created after Russia blocked the extension of a joint investigation mechanism arrange by the UN and the OPCW in 2015. The group accused Syria of utilizing chlorine in not less than two assaults in 2014 and 2015 and triggering sarin in an airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 that killed round 100 folks.

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