White House blames Syria''s Assad regime for Idlib chemical attack

WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday blamed the chemical weapons attack in Syria''s Idlib province directly on the government of President Bashar al-Assad and said the incident was "reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilised world."

White House blames Syria''s Assad regime for Idlib chemical attack

Smoke billows following reported air strikes on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on April 4. AFP

Washington, April 4

The White House on Tuesday blamed the chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province directly on the government of President Bashar al-Assad and said the incident was "reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilised world."

"These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the last administration's weakness and irresolution," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a briefing.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army command denied it had carried out a suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib that killed dozens of people, including children.

"We deny completely the use of any chemical or toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time, neither in past or in future," the army statement said.

The incident reported at Khan Sheikhoun would mark the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since sarin gas killed hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near Damascus in August 2013.  — Reuters

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