The United States today accused Russia and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of inventing an attack by extremist groups with chlorine last November in northwest Aleppo (Syria) to then use tear gas against civilians.
"The Assad regime and Russia falsely accused the opposition and extremist groups of carrying out a chlorine attack in northwestern Aleppo, and the US refutes this narrative and has information that pro-regime forces probably used tear gas against civilians." noted the US State Department.
One of the spokesmen for US diplomacy, Robert Palladino, said that the Russian and Syrian governments were involved in these incidents with tear gas and considered that both countries "are using it as an opportunity to undermine confidence in the ceasefire in Idlib. "
"We warn Russia and the Syrian regime against manipulation and urge them to guarantee the safety of impartial and independent inspectors so that those responsible can be held accountable," Palladino added.
The Syrian government has accused the rebels of having attacked three residential districts of Aleppo with chlorine gas on November 24.
At least 107 civilians were hospitalized with symptoms of intoxication, according to medical sources cited by public television and by the official SANA agency.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 32 people, mostly children and women, needed medical attention with symptoms of suffocation due to the alleged chemical attack, although they did not identify the origin of the mortars.