“On November 24, 2018, the Assad regime and Russia falsely accused the opposition and extremist teams of conducting a chlorine assault in northwestern Aleppo,” Syria, State Division Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino stated in an announcement. “The US strongly refutes this narrative and has credible info that pro-regime forces probably used teargas towards civilians in Aleppo on November 24.”
A spokesman for the UK overseas workplace echoed the US denunciation. “Now we have seen nothing to assist the claims made by Russia and Syria,” the unnamed spokesperson stated in an announcement. “It’s extremely unlikely that the opposition was accountable.”
In line with Palladino’s assertion, “the USA has info indicating Russian and Syrian personnel have been concerned within the teargas incident, and believes that each international locations are utilizing it as a chance to undermine confidence within the ceasefire in Idlib.”
The UK posits that the assault was executed as a way to border the opposition “or an operation which went improper and from which Russia and the regime sought to take benefit.”
Within the wake of the assault, Russian state media reported that Russian warplanes had struck insurgent targets in Syria’s Idlib province, the place a de-escalation zone had been established. Following the assault and purported Russian strikes, the Pentagon warned that it was vital that the ceasefire not be undermined.
“We proceed to interact the Russian authorities and navy at senior ranges to clarify that an offensive in Idlib would characterize a reckless escalation of the battle and would put hundreds of thousands of civilians in grave hazard,” Pentagon Spokesman Cdr. Sean Robertson stated final week.
Each the US and UK urged cooperation with the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which responds to the use or alleged use of chemical weapons.
“The US is deeply involved that pro-regime officers have maintained management of the assault web site in its rapid aftermath, permitting them to probably fabricate samples and contaminate the location earlier than a correct investigation of it by the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Palladino stated.
“It is crucial for Syrians and the worldwide neighborhood that the reality comes out,” the overseas workplace concluded.
CNN’s Nathan Hodge, Ryan Browne, Sarah Sirgany and Eyad Kourdi contributed to this report.