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Syria: Foreign minister blames Arab countries for giving rebels chemical weapons01:30

Syria: Foreign minister blames Arab countries for giving rebels chemical weapons

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
March 20, 2013 at 15:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syria: Foreign minister blames Arab countries for giving rebels chemical weapons

The Syrian government has accused rebel forces of deploying chemical weapons in an attack on Aleppo, claiming the lives of around twenty people. Deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Miqdad says insurgents launched a rocket containing chemicals and poisonous gas. Rebel sources denied the charges, accusing the Syrian government of being behind the attack.

During a press conference in Damask on Tuesday, March 19. After the meeting between himself and Syrian officials, al-Miqdad stated: "During this meeting, we discussed the work of a terrible crime against our citizens this morning in Khan al-Asal when rebels fired a missile with toxic smoke."

Al-Miqdad blamed Arab nations for supporting Syrian rebels: "This is a new crime attributed to the number of crimes commited by armed groups, that are supported by some Arabic countries in the Persian Gulf, and especially by Turkey. We blame them for the crimes committed against civilians and blame them in the devastation that takes place in Syria."

"Over the last couple of months we have been warning people who had accused us of the use of weapons. We would never use such weapons against our people and we deny it."

Following an investigation initiated by the US and UN, Washington dismissed charges of chemical weapons use in the latest Syrian conflict. This incident however increases international concern over the safety of Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.

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Syria: Foreign minister blames Arab countries for giving rebels chemical weapons

The Syrian government has accused rebel forces of deploying chemical weapons in an attack on Aleppo, claiming the lives of around twenty people. Deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Miqdad says insurgents launched a rocket containing chemicals and poisonous gas. Rebel sources denied the charges, accusing the Syrian government of being behind the attack.

During a press conference in Damask on Tuesday, March 19. After the meeting between himself and Syrian officials, al-Miqdad stated: "During this meeting, we discussed the work of a terrible crime against our citizens this morning in Khan al-Asal when rebels fired a missile with toxic smoke."

Al-Miqdad blamed Arab nations for supporting Syrian rebels: "This is a new crime attributed to the number of crimes commited by armed groups, that are supported by some Arabic countries in the Persian Gulf, and especially by Turkey. We blame them for the crimes committed against civilians and blame them in the devastation that takes place in Syria."

"Over the last couple of months we have been warning people who had accused us of the use of weapons. We would never use such weapons against our people and we deny it."

Following an investigation initiated by the US and UN, Washington dismissed charges of chemical weapons use in the latest Syrian conflict. This incident however increases international concern over the safety of Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.