Coalition Denies Russian Allegations of FSA Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

Opposition says found munitions are instead evidence of the Assad regime's collusion in the use of internationally-banned weapons

Syria's main political opposition has rejected reports that rebel fighters used chemical weapons in battles to take Aleppo's government-held areas following the Russian army's claims it discovered artillery shells filled with chemical weapons.

In a statement released in response to Friday’s allegations of the use of toxic chlorine gas and white phosphorus by rebel fighters, the Syrian National Coalition confirmed that the Free Syrian Army and armed opposition groups use only light and anti-tank weapons in battles against regime forces and their allied foreign sectarian militias in Aleppo.

“The munitions referred to in the Russian allegations are used exclusively by the Assad regime and their allied Iranian-backed foreign militias. The Russian allegations represent a stark condemnation against these militias that are known to have used poison gas in several areas in Aleppo,” the Coalition said.

The Coalition called upon the relevant UN bodies to secure these munitions and conduct a careful investigation into the responsibility of the Assad regime and its allies on the use of the munitions.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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