Wall Street Journal: Russia Says Militants in Aleppo Used Chemical Weapons Against Civilians
Commander of one rebel groups says insurgents don’t have such weapons
MOSCOW—Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday that it had proof militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo had recently used chemical weapons against the civilian population and Syrian government soldiers, accusations the rebels denied.
“After a rapid analysis in a mobile laboratory it was established that the artillery shells fired by militants most likely contained chlorine and white phosphorous,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
The commander of the Sultan Murad rebel group said Syrian insurgents, many of whom are backed by the U.S., don’t have chemical weapons.
“In preparation for renewed airstrikes on the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Russia is promoting these allegations,” said the commander, Ahmad Othman.
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