The Syrian government has held the United States, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia accountable for previous and potential chemical attacks in the strife-stricken Arab country.
In letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council Joy Ogwu on Monday, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the countries involved in the conspiracy against Syria have sought excuses to justify their continued aggression.
The letters stated that various studies have shown the involvement of the US, Turkey and several other countries in the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta on August 21, 2013, which claimed hundreds of civilian lives.
“Less than a year after the crisis, facts are starting to surface day after day,” the ministry said. “Reports, studies and documented researches abound as to the involvement of the US, Turkey and several other countries, whether directly or indirectly, in these appalling carnages in Syria,” they read.
The letters also cited a report by American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, which implicates the Turkish government in the Eastern Ghouta massacre and several other similar incidents in Syria.
They further pointed to the US and Turkish involvement in backing and providing a cover-up to crimes perpetrated by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria.
The letters warned that attempts to cover up such atrocities, leveling unfair accusations against the Syrian government and fabricating excuses will only encourage foreign-backed terrorist groups to use internationally-prohibited weapons time and again and commit more crimes against the Syrian people.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.