Russia says reports of chemical attack in Russia are ‘bogus’


By Middle East Affairs

Russia said Monday that reports of an alleged chemical attack on Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta were “bogus,” AFP reports.

At a press conference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted the regime was attacking armed terrorist allies.

“There are already bogus stories in the media that yesterday chlorine was used in Eastern Ghouta, citing an anonymous individual living in the United States,” he said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports one child died and at least 13 others suffered breathing difficulties Sunday in a village in Eastern Ghouta after a suspected chemical attack.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution Saturday for a 30-day ceasefire, but the group did not specify when it would go into force.

AFP reports that in a concession to Russia, the resolution added “individuals, groups, undertakings and entities” associated with Al-Qaeda would be exempt from the ceasefire.


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