Assad says strikes on Syria were based on ‘lies’

Syria’s President Bashar Assad says the Western airstrikes against his country were accompanied by a campaign of “lies” and misinformation in the UN Security Council.

Assad speaks Sunday to a group of visiting Russian politicians. His comments are carried by state media.

Assad and Russia deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early Saturday. An alleged gas attack last weekend in the town of Douma killed more than 40 people, according to opposition activists and rescuers.

Assad tells his visitors that the US, Britain and France, which carried out the strikes, had waged a campaign of “lies and misinformation” against Russia and Syria.

The UN Security Council has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the use of chemical weapons. Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member, is a close ally of Assad.

— AP

A man holds a Syrian national flag and a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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