Syria says foreign-backed rebels may use chemical weapons

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Syria says foreign-backed rebels may use chemical weapons

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 • The Syrian gov’t said countries supporting the rebels may provide them with chemical weapons.
 • United States and its Western allies recently raised concerns over the Syrian chemical arsenal.
 • Syrian foreign ministry said the “terrorists” in Syria are backed by the West, especially U.S.

 

DAMASCUS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) — The Syrian government expressed Saturday concerns that countries supporting the rebels may provide them with chemical weapons and later frame the government.

“What raises concerns regarding this news circulated by the media is our serious fear that some of the countries backing terrorism and terrorists might provide the armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons and claim that it was the Syrian government that use the weapons,” Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a letter sent to the United Nations on Saturday.

The ministry warned that the “terrorist groups” might resort to chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and denounced what it described as the international community’s “inaction” to deal with the developments after the “terrorist groups” recently took hold of a chlorine processing plant near the northern city of Aleppo.

The ministry’s remarks came as the United States and its Western allies recently raised concerns over the Syrian chemical arsenal and speculated that Syria might use those weaponries against the armed militias.

Syria has repeatedly denied having such arms and stressed that even if it had those weapons, it wouldn’t use them.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry repeated the government’s line that the “terrorists” in Syria are backed by the West, especially the United States.

“The U.S. administration has consistently worked over the past year to launch a campaign of allegations on the possibility that Syria could use chemical weapons during the current crisis,” said the ministry.

The ministry also cited a recent report by the Turkish Yurt newspaper which said members from al-Qaida are manufacturing chemical weapons at a laboratory near the Turkish city of Gaziantep and they have threatened to use them against the Syrian civilians.

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