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Washington accuses Assad of using chlorine as a chemical weapon

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country had concluded that “the government of (Syrian President Bashar) Assad used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19, as part of the crackdown on Idlib.

“The Assad regime is responsible for countless atrocities, some of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Pompeo said, adding that the United States had concluded that Damascus “used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19.”

The United States claimed in May that it had received a number of reports of exposure to chemical gas after an attack by Syrian government forces in northwestern Syria, but provided no evidence that Damascus had used chemical weapons.

The U.S. administration has bombed Syria twice on the grounds that the government used chemical weapons in April 2017 and 2018.

The United States, Britain and France launched air strikes in April 2018 on what they said were three Syrian chemical targets in response to a suspected gas attack that they said killed dozens in a Damascus suburb that month.

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