The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected as “false and baseless” a report by a UK daily about Tehran’s transfer of chlorine bombs to Syria.
On Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph claimed that Iran has supplied the Syrian government with Chinese-made bombs filled with chlorine gas.
The report cited the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile as the initial source of the allegation.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday dismissed the news as “a lie,” and said the fact that the news comes from media affiliated to the Zionist regime makes it all the more evident that the report is a “fabrication.”
“This is not the first time that this Zionist news outlet spreads lies in order to deflect the world’s public opinion from realities,” the ministry said.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. According to some reports, over 150,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.
Western powers, Israel and some of their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Iran has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as the keys to the settlement of the crisis in the Arab country.