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Syrian airstrike on terrorist lab caused chemical deaths

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The White House has condemned what it calls as a “heinous” chemical attack against civilians by Syria’s government. But spokesman Sean Spicer said it was a result of the Obama administration’s “weakness” in addressing the Syrian civil war. (April 4)
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Russia’s defense ministry said Wednesday that a Syrian airstrike targeting militant workshops producing chemical weapons was responsible for the deaths of at least 72 civilians in the northern Idlib province.

The strike targeted a “terrorist ammunition storage facility” on the outskirts of the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, where the deaths occurred Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told Russia’s TASS news agency.

“The territory of this storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles stuffed with toxic agents,” Konashenkov said. He said militants sent the chemical weapons from the site to Iraq.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia will submit data to support its claim at an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council being conducted Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, at an international donor conference in Brussels reviewing Syria’s dire humanitarian issues, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the attack “bares all the hallmarks of an action by the regime that has repeatedly used chemical weapons against its own people.”

Syria denies using poisonous gases and said the army does not possess chemical weapons, state media reported. It said rebels and their supporters “fabricated fake accusations against the armed…

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