Russia says militants used chemical weapons in Syria

The US and its allies have pushed for sanctions on the Syrian government for using chemical weapons.

By: AP | Moscow | Updated: November 11, 2016 6:53 pm
aleppo, syrian rebels, Syria civil war, rebels attack, state held aleppo, fresh attacks, syria fresh attacks, world news, indian express This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows flames and smoke rise from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria. (Source: File/AP photo)

The Russian military says its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Friday that ministry experts have found unexploded ordnance and fragments of munitions containing chlorine and white phosphorus on Aleppo’s southwestern outskirts. Konashenkov said the discovery proves the militants have used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian army soldiers.

The US and its allies have pushed for sanctions on the Syrian government for using chemical weapons. Russia has questioned international investigators’ conclusions linking chemical weapons use to the Syrian government and pointed at evidence of their use by the militants. The UN Security Council has voted to extend the mandate of inspectors working to determine those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.