Editor’s Note: This article contains graphic images of the victims of the Syria chemical attack that many will find disturbing.
In his first interview since President Donald Trump dropped 59 Tomahawk missiles on him, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to deny he carried out a chemical attack on his own people. In an even more disgusting display, Assad even accused the dead children seen in videos of the attack’s aftermath of faking it.
Last week’s Syria chemical attack killed 87 innocent people, including many children. A United Nations report says sarin gas residue was found at the attack site. A U.N. resolution condemning Syria over the attack failed to pass after Russia used their veto power.
Assad claims photos and videos of the aftermath of the attack are faked. In reference to visuals of dead children that are being widely circulated, he asked “were they dead at all?” Russian President Vladimir Putin has also doubted the authenticity of pictures and videos of the victims. He also insists Syria was not responsible for the attack.
Assad is also taking the stance of former President Obama and members of his administration, insisting that he gave up his chemical weapons in 2013.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has branded claims his regime launched a chemical attack on his own citizens ‘100 per cent fabrication’.
The dictator, who faces calls to be tried as a war criminal, suggested video footage of the alleged atrocity could be fake, and said: ‘The story is not convincing by any means’.
He insisted it was ‘not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now.’
And referring to footage which showed people foaming at the mouth, which sent shockwaves around the world, he said: ‘We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all?’
Assad made the comment in an interview released today, less than 24 hours after world leaders clashed over a UN resolution condemning the attack, which human rights groups say killed 87 people.
Tests carried out on the site have established the presence of sarin gas, or a similar substance, the UN Security Council heard yesterday.
In his first interview since 59 American cruise missiles hit a central Syrian air base three days after the chemical weapon attack, Assad said footage of the attack aftermath were not ‘conclusive proof’ it had happened.
He said evidence came only from ‘a branch of Al-Qaeda’, referring to a former jihadist affiliate which is among the groups that control the Idlib province, where the atrocity happened.
He said Khan Sheikhun had no strategic value and was not currently a battle front.
He continued: ‘Definitely, 100 per cent for us, it’s fabrication… Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack.’
The Syrian dictator said he would only allow an ‘impartial’ investigation into the incident, stating that he would only sanction a probe by ‘unbiased’ countries.
The dictator hit out at the US, saying peace talks aimed at resolving his country’s civil war were ineffective because Washington was ‘not serious’ about ending the conflict.
‘The United States is not serious in achieving any political solution. They want to use it as an umbrella for the terrorists.’
He claimed his regime handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, and could not have carried out last week’s attack.
‘There was no order to make any attack… We gave up our arsenal a few years ago. Even if we have them, we wouldn’t use them,’ Assad stated.
In case you forgot, here are pictures of the children he accuses of faking it. They include twins, being held by their father.
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