Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Syria blasts United States accusations on chemical weapons use as 'lies'

Syria blasts United States accusations on chemical weapons use as 'lies'

Civilians flee from the scene of an airstrike attack in a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5.

A Syrian boy walks through a street covered with rubble from a heavily damaged building following airstrikes by regime forces in Arbin, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 1, 2018.

The panel also expressed "deep concern" over the escalation of violence in rebel-held Idlib province and in Eastern Ghouta, Pinheiro said.

"For the last two months, we have not had a single (aid-delivery) convoy".

"It's our moral duty to speak up", UN Assistant Secretary General Panos Moumtzis told journalists in Beirut.

In northwestern Idlib, air strikes shut down three medical centres, according to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, which supports hospitals in conflict zones.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman added that few rebels were among the dead because they rarely left their tunnels and had better protection from air strikes than civilians, estimated to number around 400,000 in Ghouta.

Velayati also said, "The Syrian nation and its supporters, who are Hezbollah and others, will expel the US from east of the Euphrates".

"We're running out of solutions where we put these people".

Syria's civil war has been ongoing for eight years and has been marked by a mass exodus of Syrian citizens and the death toll surpassing 500,000 in 2016.

United Nations human rights experts are investigating reports of alleged chlorine bomb attacks on civilians in two Syrian towns, officials said Tuesday.

"There is a misperception that the de-escalation areas have resulted in peace and stability".

France's Foreign Ministry said it was concerned by the reports of chlorine used on civilians in Syria, but it was too soon to confirm them.

Relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained by USA support for the YPG Kurdish militia in Syria.

Turkey launched an operation in Syria last month against Kurdish militia which it views as allies of separatists fighting an insurgency in southern Turkey.

In a statement, the military said Turkish Armed Forces had neutralized 29 more PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists in airstrikes that were carried out overnight.

"Look, when I saw that Russia's placing military forces, air power, some ground power, and anti-aircraft weapons in Syria, I decided that the wisest thing to do was to go and speak to Mr. Putin directly", Netanyahu said prior to his snap visit to Moscow.

"Then you have calculations against Turkey".

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