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ildren foaming at the mouth. Scores of people dead. All are fabrications, says Bashar al-Assad. Syria's President telling ASP News Agency in an interview published Thursday that a suspected poison gas attack last week in Idlib province was probably a made-up pretext for the US missile strike that followed.
Western powers have blamed the apparent sarin attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Assad. It prompted a dramatic u-turn from Donald Trump, who unleashed the first direct US assault on the Syrian Government in the six year conflict, raining missiles on an air base. Samples from Khan Sheikhoun last week have tested positive for sarin, a British delegation at the OPCW global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.
Assad though, saying the attack was 100% fabrication. Explaining that Syria's military gave up all its chemical weapons under a 2013 agreement and would not have used them anyway. That pact followed a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, prompting threats of US military action.
Russia has said, the deadly nerve agent released on Khan Sheikhoun had leaked from rebel stockpiles. Outraged at the images from last week have stacked pressure on Moscow over its close alliance with Assad. On Wednesday, it vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to condemn the attack, and pushed the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.