DAMASCUS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Ministry denied on Thursday the use of Scud missiles by government troops against Western-backed armed militia, state-run SANA news agency reported.
The ministry's remarks came in response to "what the tendentious circles, particularly in Turkey and its partner countries in the conspiracy against Syria, are promoting," said SANA.
The ministry rubbished the rumors as totally unfounded, noting that such reports aim to undermine Syria's image and its stature in the international community.
"It's well known that Scud missiles are strategic and long- range missiles that aren't used in fighting armed terrorist gangs, " the ministry said, reiterating that those missiles have not been used against the armed groups despite the militia's recent use of advanced weaponry against civilians and government troops.
On Wednesday, officials at the U.S. administration said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have resorted to firing ballistic missiles at rebel fighters inside Syria, as the government struggles to slow the momentum of a gaining insurgency, according to the New York Times.
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to maintain contact and communication with all relevant parties in Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a press briefing on Thursday. Full story