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France says Assad's allies enabling him to act with impunity in Syria
April 4, 2017 / 2:37 PM / in 8 months

France says Assad's allies enabling him to act with impunity in Syria

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande directly blamed Syrian government forces for a suspected chemical weapons attack in rebel-held areas of northern Syria and said his allies were emboldening him to act with impunity.

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the "Non Au Harcelement" (No to Bullying) award at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

“Once again the Syrian regime will deny the evidence of its responsibility in this massacre. Like in 2013, Bashar al-Assad counts on the complicity of his allies to act with impunity,” Hollande said in a statement on Tuesday.

A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed at least 58 people, including 11 children, in the northwestern province of Idlib earlier on Tuesday, a monitor, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said.

“Those who support this regime can once again assess the magnitude of their political, strategic and moral responsibility,” he said.

Reporting by John Irish; editing by Michel rose

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