Syria says weapons of mass destruction used by US caused humanitarian disasters
Syria says weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) used by the United States have led to humanitarian disasters across the world.
In a statement carried by Syria’s official SANA news agency, an official source at Syria’s Foreign Ministry made the comment on Monday, three days after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) observed the annual Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare.
The official said the annual occasion should be a day to remember all the wars waged by Washington under the pretext of WMD, “devastating states and peoples and civilizations including Iraq, only to admit later that its information was wrong and that its wars were based on lies.”
This occasion brings to mind the atomic bombs the US detonated on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II; and also all the incidents when Washington, as a pioneer, used WMD, whose devastating impact caused irreversible humanitarian disasters that constitute a disgrace for a country “that claims to champion democracy, freedom, and the safety of peoples and demands that others refrain from using such weapons,” the statement added.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry official also noted that the US and other Western states used “lies” to accuse Damascus of allegedly using chemical munitions against Syrian people, “claims which have been proven to be fake and fabricated, as evidenced by the recent revelations about the manipulation of reports on those alleged incidents.”
In April 2018, the US and its Western allies accused the Syrian government of attacking Douma, near the capital Damascus, with chemical munitions.
Syria, which surrendered its entire chemical stockpile in 2013, rejected the allegation, but a week later, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile strike against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs.
Back in March, the OPCW said in a report that chlorine, whose use by foreign-backed terrorists is a long-known fact, was likely used in a suspected gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma in April 2018.
Damascus says the foreign-backed militants with the Western-backed White Helmets have staged the chemical attack in an attempt to frame the Syrian government.
The Syrian government and its allies in the war saw the attack as a bid to prop up terrorists, faulting the invaders for ignoring Syria's repeated requests for an international probe into the incident.
Last month, WikiLeaks released an email sent by a member of the OPCW in which its author accused the watchdog of doctoring a report on the Douma attack.
In conclusion, the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s statement called on Washington to pressure the Israeli regime to sign the convention of the prohibition of manufacturing and using chemical weapons.