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article imageSyria: Russia gets new evidence of chemical weapons use by rebels

By Michael Krebs     Sep 18, 2013 in World
While the international community continued mulling over the Syrian civil war, Russia was supplied "new evidence" from Syria's Assad regime that rebels had used chemical weapons.
Syria's Assad regime has submitted evidence to Russia that rebels have used chemical weapons in their fight against troops loyal to the Syrian government, AFP reported on Wednesday.
The fresh allegations on the part of the Assad government threatened to further the divide between Russia and Western powers. The United States, Britain, and France have accused the Assad regime of implementing a sarin gas attack against a rebel enclave that left more than 1,400 people dead, according to American figures.
However, as Reuters reported last week, the final death figures remain in dispute.
Russia has disputed a UN report that attaches the Assad regime to the chemical weapons attack on August 21, saying the United Nations assessment is "biased and one-sided."
"The corresponding materials were handed to the Russian side. We were told that they were evidence that the rebels are implicated in the chemical attack," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to the AFP report.
UN chemical weapons experts are expected to return to Syria to investigate other emerging claims of chemical weapons activities.
Meanwhile, as Reuters reported on Wednesday, fighting continued to rage across Syria.
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