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Russia Says UN-OPCW Syria's Khan Sheikhoun Report Looks Like "Amateur Document"

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahMen ride a motorbike past a hazard sign at a site hit by an airstrike on Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 5, 2017
Men ride a motorbike past a hazard sign at a site hit by an airstrike on Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 5, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations announced that the OPCW-UN report on the April attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun looks more like an amateur document and is based mostly on assumptions and the selective use of facts.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Russia has conveyed to the United Nations its preliminary assessment of the report on the probe of the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations into the April attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations said.

"Russia has distributed as an official document of the UN Security Council and General Assembly its preliminary assessment of the seventh report by the OPCW-UN Joint Mechanism on the investigation of cases chemical weapons’ use in Syria," the mission said in a statement.

A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. - Sputnik International
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The report looks more like an amateur document and is based mostly on assumptions and the selective use of facts, the mission added.

Earlier, the United Nations in a report published Wednesday accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun, claiming that "government forces continued to deliberately target civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons against civilians".

On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, supported by the United States, blamed Damascus for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons incident that killed 80 people and injured many more. The Syrian army rejected the accusations, laying the blame on local militants.

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