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US Unaware of Chemical Weapons Attack Reported in Aleppo - State Department

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The US Department of State is not aware of reports that chemical weapons were used against civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in a press briefing.

Smoke billows near Castello road leading to Bani Zeid during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake control of the rebel-held district of Leramun, on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, on July 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
OPCW Concerned by Possible Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria, Examines Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Chvarkov stated that the opposition group Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki used poisonous gas in Aleppo city.

"I haven’t seen those reports," Toner stated on Wednesday. "Obviously…we condemn strongly the use of any chemical weapons, and any credible allegations of their use in Syria we’ll investigate."

Chvarkov added that the Russian side had informed US officials about the reports.

The reports came one day after another alleged chemical attack in the Idlib province. According to media reports, dozens of people were affected by toxic gas dropped in the city of Saraqib.

Toner said on Wednesday that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would be responsible for investigating any credible reports of chemical weapons use.

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