Syria’s ally Russia tries to shift blame for devastating chemical attack

April 5, 2017 11:03 AM

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Syria’s ally Russia tries to shift blame for devastating chemical attack

BEIRUT — Russian officials blamed Syrian rebels on Wednesday for a chemical attack which killed scores of people, many of them women and children, and has been widely attributed to the Syrian government.

The Russian claim — strongly denied by a rebel commander — reflects attempts by Moscow to shield its Syrian government allies after global condemnation for the attack that left victims gasping for breath and foaming at the mouth.

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