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Russia suggests Syria ‘chemical attack’ carried out by rebels, provocation not ruled out

RT [1]
August 21, 2013

Reports by “biased regional media” about alleged chemical weapons use near Damascus might be “a provocation planned in advance,” says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich.

“It draws attention to the fact that biased regional media have immediately, as if on command, begun an aggressive information attack, laying all the responsibility on the government,” Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, citing its sources, said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances had been launched from an area controlled by the opposition.

“A homemade rocket with a poisonous substance that has not been identified yet – one similar to the rocket used by terrorists on March 19 in Khan al-Assal – was fired early on August 21 [at Damascus suburbs] from a position occupied by the insurgents,” Lukashevich said.

The diplomat stated that it could only lead us to the thought that yet again we are dealing with ‘a provocation planned in advance’.

Conflicting reports emerged of recent chemical weapons use [2] in Syria.

This comes on the same day that the UN inspectors arrive in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of toxic arms.

The casualty figures range from dozens to almost 1,300 deaths.

UN Security council is to hold emergency meeting on alleged Syria gas attack at 1900 GMT on Wednesday.