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U.S. says Syria may be developing new types of chemical weapons

U.S. says Syria may be developing new types of chemical weapons

The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group said that three of its rescuers and six others were injured by chlorine gas in Saraqeb, a rebel-held town less than 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the front line with government forces.

On Friday, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters his government was concerned sarin gas may have been recently used in Syria.

Administration officials said Trump has not ruled out additional military action to deter chemical attacks or to punish Assad, though they did not suggest any action was imminent.

The officials say it's "highly likely" that Syria kept a stockpile of weapons. But they declined to provide specifics.

The ministry also accused the US of fabricating the claims and of backing "terrorist groups" responsible for chemical attacks in the region.

Raising the alarm about the continued threat, United States officials said it was "highly likely" that Assad kept a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons after 2013 that he failed to properly disclose.

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Activists and rescue teams said the Syrian government launched an attack Monday with suspected poisonous gas that affected almost 20 civilians in a rebel-held suburb near Damascus.

He was of the opinion that if worldwide community does not act quickly to tighten the screws on Mr Assad, Syria's chemical weapons could spread beyond its borders and possibly even "to United States shores".

In April 2017, during the height of military action against Daesh (IS) more than 80 people reportedly died in sarin gas attack on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province. It was followed by missile strikes by U.S. military on a Syrian air base.

Syria has staunchly denied the claims, pointing to its 2013 handover of its chemical stores as part of a deal between the United States and Russian Federation.

In June a year ago, the fact finding team of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), published the results of its probe of the April 4 incident confirming that the nerve gas sarin was used in Khan Shaykhun incident.

He said he was not rebutting the reports.

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