WASHINGTON | US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

WASHINGTON | US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is accusing forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack.

The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured.

A State Department spokesman says the government of President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR’ AH’-sahd) and Russia had falsely accused opposition groups of a chlorine attack.

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