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    Militants Use Chemical Weapons in Syria Amid Failure to Reach Goals

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    Chemical weapon attacks will not be able to force the army to abandon its duties to protect civilians and free Syria of terrorism, according to the Command of the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF).

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Chemical weapon attacks committed by militants against the civilian population in Syria’s Aleppo show their inability to accomplish the tasks set by their sponsors, the Command of the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) said on Monday.

    "These criminal acts show a failure of terrorist groups to achieve the goals set by their sponsors and supporters. Such actions will not be able to force the army to abandon its duties to protect civilians and free the country of terrorism," the SAF statement said.

    On October 30, terrorists shelled Hamdaniya, Dahiyat Al-Assad neighborhoods of western Aleppo using homemade shells with chemical substances. As a result, at least 35 people were poisoned, many of whom were hospitalized.

    The Command of the Syrian Armed Forces claimed the terrorists had used shells containing chlorine gas.

    In April and May shells with suffocating gas were dropped on the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud. The responsibility for the use of prohibited weapons was taken by the armed group Jaish al-Islam.

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