Assad: chemical weapons attack a "100 percent fabrication"

Assad: chemical weapons attack a

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog is testing samples from the suspected nerve gas attack and could produce a report on the matter within three weeks, the British delegation to the commission said Thursday.

Moscow has stood by Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible.

A misdirected airstrike by the US -led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the USA military said Thursday.

A Syrian man receives treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, a nearby militant-held town in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on April 4, 2017.

Assad insisted it was "not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video?".

The tests were not part of an official investigation launched by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the wake of the attack. The Assad government used chlorine in the past, while ISIS terrorists attacked with sarin and mustard gas. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported 25 SDF fighters were killed in the last two days of battle, while the activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently group said on Wednesday that three days of mourning were to be held in a border town held by the SDF after the arrival of the bodies of 15 fighters from the battle.

"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists", Assad told Agence France-Presse in his first comments since a USA missile strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation for the chemical attack.

Rudskoy noted that, under the 2013 agreement to give up its chemical weapons, the Syrian government destroyed its stockpiles at 10 sites that were under its control.

Chemical weapons experts have also dismissed a Russian version of events that a Syrian airstrikle hit a terrorist group's weapons depot on the ground, causing a release of deadly gas. "These have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, or a sarin-like substance", the delegation said during a special session on Syria at the OPCW in The Hague.

"Today, British scientists have completed an analysis of samples obtained from the site of the attack and concluded that Sarin, or a Sarin-like substance, was used".

The OPCW mission will determine whether chemical weapons were used, but is not mandated to assign blame.

Worldwide investigators have concluded that Sarin, chlorine and sulphur mustard gas have been used in Syria's six-year-old conflict, with government forces using chlorine and Islamic State militants using sulphur mustard.

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