December 12, 2013
Syrian army denies chemical weapons use
Syria's military command denied opposition reports that the army had used chemical weapons against districts east of Damascus, saying they were a sign of "hysteria and floundering" by President Bashar al-Assad's opponents.
The denial was issued by an officer speaking on state television. Information Minister Omran Zoabi said the allegations were "illogical and fabricated".
Earlier today Syria's ambassador to Russia had also dismissed accusations that President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons against civilians in an attack near Damascus, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
"That is not true," Ambassador Riad Haddad was quoted as saying by Interfax.
"All information on that matter is fabricated and aimed at misleading international inspectors," he said, referring to the UN experts looking into possible cases of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.