Iran accuses rebels of carrying out chemical attack near Damascus

By REUTERS
August 24, 2013 15:44






Hours after Iran's president acknowledged that chemical weapons were used in an attack near Damascus this past week, Iran's foreign ministry accused opponents of Syria's ruler, Bashar Assad, of perpetrating the deed.




Abbas Araqchi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, said Iran believed the rebels were behind the attack, and that Iran was in touch with Syria and other countries to find out what happened.




"There is evidence that this action was carried out by terrorist groups," ISNA quoted Araqchi as saying. "The concurrence of the use of these weapons with the presence of United Nations inspectors is itself an indication that there are hands at work to accuse the Syrian government of using these weapons and help the conflict and crisis to continue."



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