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    Damascus Refutes Allegations of Shelling Civilians, Using Chemical Weapons

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    Syrian envoy to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari refuted on Sunday allegations of some members of the UN Security Council stating that the Syrian army uses chemical weapons and shells civilians-populated areas.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Jaafari, the UN Security Council ignores facts proving use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups, including Daesh, against the Syrian Army and civilians.

    "The terrorist groups continue to prevent civilians from leaving Aleppo with a view to using them as human shields… My country condemns the use of internationally prohibited weaponry and we stress that all military operations conducted by the Syrian army and its allies…uphold the UN Charter and international laws…We denounce the fabricated accusations leveled by certain members of this [UN Security] Council…against the Syrian army…by alleging that we use internationally prohibited weaponry or we target deliberately citizens," Jaafari said addressing the UN Security Council.

    At the same time, Jaafari noted that Damascus welcomed the Russia-US attempts to settle the Syrian crisis, including a recently brokered ceasefire regime.

    On Sunday, the UN Security Council convened for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation in Aleppo, where the Syrian government forces are carrying out an offensive against Jabhat Fatah al Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front and the so-called armed opposition groups.

    Fighting in Aleppo intensified after the Syrian army declared an end to the week-long ceasefire on Friday, blaming militants for numerous violations that made the cessation of hostilities unreasonable.

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