Syria militants devised chemical scenario against Assad: Iranian MP

An Iranian lawmaker says the alleged chemical attack in Damascus was a set-up devised by the militants to undercut the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“Syria terrorists drew up the scenario of a chemical attack on Damascus suburbs to deal a blow to Assad,” said Hojjatollah Soori, who sits on the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, on Friday.

Whenever Syrian government forces manage to purge the country’s cities of terrorists, said the MP, the opposition in the Arab country orchestrates a new scenario to downplay the army’s achievements.

As the Syrian military units advance to strategic areas and launch massive anti-terrorist operations, Soori said, the opposition hurls fresh false allegations against the Assad government.

The Syrian government would never use chemical weapons against its opponents, said the legislator, adding that such claims are meant to raise a hue and cry and create a negative climate on the international stage to distort the realities on the ground in the Arab country.

He said the Syrian army’s cleansing of cities of terrorists and confiscation of large caches of weapons supplied to militants by certain Arab and Western countries heralded a coming victory for the Assad government against the enemies of the anti-Israeli resistance front.

On Wednesday, the head of the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition, George Sabra, claimed that 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

The Syrian government, however, has vehemently rejected allegations that it used chemical arms, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract a visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants’ losses.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million others displaced since the outbreak of the violence.

By Press TV


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