During a Monday UN Security Council meeting over the Syrian conflict, Damascus’s envoy to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari accused French intelligence agencies of committing the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta back in 2013.
He continued by claiming it was committed to divert the attention of UN weapon inspectors from another case of chemical weapons committed by terrorist groups in Aleppo.
“The use of chemical weapons in the Damascus area was meant to prevent Dr. Åke Sellström [the head of the weapons inspectors] from going to Aleppo because [France] knew who had used chemical weapons in Aleppo,” Jaafari claimed.
The August 2023 attack killed hundreds of people. UN inspectors described the attack as “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them” in Halabja in 1988.
Damascus has consistently denied it committed the attack despite constant allegations from Syrian terrorist groups and their western allies.
“They wanted to prevent Dr. Sellström from reaching Aleppo by any means and therefore they used chemical weapons in Damascus with the involvement of French intelligence,” he added.
French representative to the council, François Delattre, said that allegations were “absurd.”
In an earlier attack similar to the August 2013 attack, UN Weapons Inspector in Syria, Carla Del Ponte, told Swiss TV that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof” that rebels had committed that attack despite terrorists and their western allies blaming the Syrian government.