“While the Syrian Coalition strongly condemns this crime, it denounces the international community’s silence over this heinous act,” the coalition said, in a statement released Wednesday. “This continued silence is seen by Assad as a green light to commit more crimes against the Syrian people.”
Photos and videos purportedly showing men with blood around their mouths and noses being rushed to a hospital also emerged after the alleged attacks. However, while the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that an attack had taken place, it could not confirm the use of a toxic gas.
Meanwhile, a government source told AFP that the allegations were “baseless.”
“This is a cheap ruse and a broken record that they are using in an attempt to justify their defeats,” the source, whose name was not revealed, said.
Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has documented the use of toxic chemicals, such as chlorine and ammonia, in a series of deadly attacks on rebel-held Syrian villages. However, the Syrian government has consistently denied using chemical weapons and has blamed “terror groups,” including the Islamic State group, for the use of such weapons.