An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib Province, Syria, following a suspected chemical attack on April 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
The Syrian military has categorically denied the accusations leveled against it about being involved in a suspected chemical attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province that killed dozens of people.
“The army command categorically denies using any chemical or toxic substance in Khan Shaykhun today,” the Syrian army said a statement carried by the official SANA news agency on Tuesday.
The Syrian military also stressed that “it has never used them (chemical weapons), anytime, anywhere, and will not do so in the future.”
The Syrian military further blamed any use of chemical weapons on Syria’s opposition and those who support them, noting that militants fabricate accusations of toxic gas attacks to divert attention from their failures on the ground.
The suspected chemical attack targeted the Idlib town of Khan Shaykhun earlier on Tuesday followed by alleged airstrikes, which hit a hospital where victims of the assault were being treated.