DThe United States claims to have “indications” of a potential new chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces. A statement by the State Department on Tuesday speaks of a “suspected chlorine gas attack in northwest Syria on the morning of 19 May.” The clues will be followed up. Thus, the chemical weapons could have been used during the offensive in the jihadist-controlled Idlib region.
“We reiterate our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond swiftly and appropriately,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
In the Syrian conflict poison gas has been used several times. For an attack with the poison gas Sarin on the village Chan Sheichun in April 2017 with more than 80 dead United Nations had blamed the government troops. Also, for a chemical weapons raid in the former rebel bastion East Ghuta in April this year, which killed more than 40 people, western states blamed the government. The United States, France and Britain then flew retaliatory attacks on chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Syria and Russia have always rejected such allegations.
Damascus claims that it no longer has chemical weapons since a 2013 agreement.