US sees signs of possible chemical weapons use in Syria

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There are signs of a chlorine attack on Sunday, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

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WashingtonAccording to the information provided by the US State Department, evidence of a possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian leadership a few days ago. The ministry said on Tuesday night (local time) that there were signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in an attack last Sunday in the northwest of the country. “We still gather information about this incident, but we reiterate our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond swiftly and appropriately,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

US President Donald Trump and his government have threatened Assad several times in the past with severe consequences for the use of chemical weapons.

The US State Department accused the Syrian leadership and its ally Russia on Tuesday at the same time, falsely accuse other groups of the use of chemical weapons.

In Syria, there are repeated reports of alleged poison gas attacks, which often kill civilians. At the beginning of last year, a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights listed 34 such attacks in the Syria war, which were clearly provable. The UN institution also blamed the Assad government for most of the attacks. Assad's leadership regularly rejects such allegations.

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