BEIRUT - A Syrian rebel commander denied state media reports
on Tuesday that opposition forces were behind a chemical weapon attack in
Aleppo, saying the government had fired a rocket with chemical agents on the
town of Khan al-Assal.
"We were hearing reports from early this morning
about a regime attack on Khan al-Assal, and we believe they fired a Scud with
chemical agents. Then suddenly we learned that the regime was turning these
reports against us," said Qassim Saadeddine, a senior rebel and spokesman for
the Higher Military Council in Aleppo. "The rebels were not behind this attack."