Syrian president says Khan Sheikhun's chemical attack is 'fabrication'

Syrian president says Khan Sheikhun's chemical attack is 'fabrication'The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has described a chemical attack that killed dozens of people and prompted Donald Trump to launch missile strikes on his country as “a fabrication”.

This is reported by The Guardian.

In an interview with Agence France-Presse news agency, Assad described any suggestion that chemical weapons had been used as “100% fabrication” intended to justify US attacks on a Syrian airbase.

“Our impression is that the west, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack,” Assad said in his first interview since the attack.

Images from Khan Sheikhun of victims convulsing and foaming at the mouth caused widespread international outrage. Trump cited the suffering of dozens of children who were among the dead and injured as one of the main reasons he dropped his long-standing opposition military action against Assad.

But the Syrian leader questioned whether the videos were real, insisting it was “not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now”.

He said: “We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all? Who committed the attack if there was an attack?”

Meanwhile, international chemical weapons experts did found traces of nerve agent in samples from the site of the attack, the town of Khan Sheikhun. In addition, Russia didn't deny that chemical weapons killed many at the site, arguing instead that Syrian government planes hit a rebel weapons stockpile, releasing the gas.
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