Iran general says Syria did not use chemical weapons

A high-ranking military official has rejected allegations of chemical weapons being used by the Syrian government against foreign-sponsored militants fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

“Westerners accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons while such a claim is very ridiculous and fabricated,” chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Monday.

“US Secretary of State [John Kerry] said in Egypt that there is no precise information regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria but a Zionist general says chemical weapons have been used in Syria,” he said.

“On the other hand [Barack] Obama, the US president, denies this issue. These conflicting remarks are indicative of a psychological war [waged] against the Syrian government.”

Firouzabadi said terrorists fighting Syria are elements working for the Global Arrogance.

“These terrorists are seeking to protect the interests of the United States and Zionists in a bid to crush the spirits of the Syrian nation,” he stated.

The US, Israeli and British officials say there is evidence that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons in its fight against foreign-backed militants. Syria has dismissed the allegations as false and fabricated.

Damascus has repeatedly said that it would never use chemical weapons in an attempt to end the unrest in the country.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government security forces and army personnel, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

By Press TV


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