U.S. has reason to believe chemical weapons used in Syria this month
The U.S. State Department said Monday that they have reason to believe a toxic chemical, most likely chlorine, was used in Syria this month, Reuters reports.
“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical. We are examining allegations that the government was responsible,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“Obviously there needs to be an investigation of what’s happened here,” she added.
Activists reported that helicopters dropped chlorine gas on the town of Kfar Zeita on April 11 and 12, according to Reuters.
“We’re examining allegations. We’re obviously looking at the facts on the ground. We shouldn’t forget the context of what the regime has been capable of in the past,” Psaki stated.
The Syrian government has failed to meet its February 5 deadline to move all of its chemical weapons out of the country. The new deadline to remove all chemical weapons is late April.
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