DAMASCUS, Aug 5 (KUNA) -- The Syrian government denied Monday using
chemical weapons in the areas of Duma and Adra, affirming it would not use
these arms against its citizens.
Information minister Omran Al-Zubei, in a statement to official TV,
dismissed as "lies and groundless" reports by some news agencies and TV
satellite channels, which he did not name, that Syria used chemical weapons
He said that even if Syria possessed chemical weapons, it would not use
them "because of the moral values" of the Syrian leadership and Syrians in
He said Syria had requested an international investigation into the crime
of Khan Al-Assal when "armed groups used chemical weapons there."
Al-Zubei said the Syrian armed forces were "carrying out their duties fully
and the Syrian diplomacy is acting in full throttle and positively in all
The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, killed more than 100,000
people and displaced millions others. (end)
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