Syria Chemical 'Attack': Damascus Attaches Conditions to UN Inquiry

تم نشره في Thu 6 April / Apr 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Funerals for victims were held in Idlib province on Wednesday

The Syrian foreign minister has set out conditions for any UN investigation into the deaths of dozens of people from a chemical agent on Tuesday.

Walid Muallem told the BBC it would have to be non-political, involve "many countries" and "start from Damascus" before his government could accept.

He denied Syria had dropped chemical weapons from the air, despite facing widespread scepticism.

The UN children's fund has confirmed that at least 27 children were killed.

Russia, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's few allies, was challenged by the US and UK at the UN Security Council on Wednesday when it sought to argue the mass poisoning had been caused by the rebels' own chemical weapons.

Washington has hinted it might change its policy towards Syria in response to the deaths.