The United States said Tuesday it suspected that Syrian government forces have carried out a fresh chemical attack and has threatened reprisals, according to the State Department.
The State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive in jihadist-dominated Idlib, the most significant remaining holdout of jihadist rebels in Syria.
“Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
“We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately,” she added.
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