Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected accusations on chemical attack last week, saying that it is a complete fabrication, which is contrary to numerous eyewitness reports, independent analysis, and even the explanation given by his most powerful ally - Russia.
In an interview with news Agency AFP, which was held under the restrictions of the Syrian government at the presidential Palace in Damascus, Assad claimed that the reported details of the incident are not credible because their source was the former branch of "al-Qaeda" in Syria, the "Nusra Front".
He assumed that was shown photos of children killed in the attack on the city captured by rebels in Idlib province, which caused shock around the world. The whole incident was "fabricated", said Assad.
In fact, the reports that have been obtained from witnesses, victims and medical personnel. The next day after the attack on 4 April, which killed 89 people and injured dozens of people, CNN correspondents interviewed the victims who fled over the border into Turkey. They spoke about the terrible consequences of a gas attack, saying that the city "Sheyhun" I was struck by warplanes of the regime. Even staunch ally of Assad, Russia, admits that the death was caused by chemical weapons. Moscow has offered the explanation that the regime planes struck object chemical weapons, controlled by the rebels on the ground.
The UK Ministry of defence and the Turkish authorities said they conducted tests of the samples, which suggests that has been used sarin gas or a similar substance. Experts say that only the Syrian regime is likely to have the capability to manufacture sarin.
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