U.S. claims that #Syria is using chemical weapons are 'full of lies,' Syrian Foreign Ministry says in a statement. http://t.co/qMGjMKTSMaFrom CNN
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"The intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date; however, casualty data is likely incomplete," Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, said in a statement released by the White House.
"While the lethality of these attacks make up only a small portion of the catastrophic loss of life in Syria, which now stands at more than 90,000 deaths, the use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses clear red lines that have existed within the international community for decades," Rhodes added.
Russia Says Evidence of Syrian Chemical Weapons Is 'Not Convincing': Officials in Moscow say they've s... http://t.co/q2cXQ1e4k8 taw #USFrom the BBC
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Russia said the US claims on Syria's chemical weapons use were unconvincing.
Yury Ushakov, a senior aide to President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that Washington had provided Moscow with its evidence, but "what was presented.... does not look convincing to us".
The BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut says the US announcement is one that the Syrian opposition has been pushing and praying for for months.