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Syria said on Friday that a United Nations report accusing it of using sarin gas in an attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April was a "falsification of the truth", AFP reports.

The report, seen by AFP on Thursday, says that President Bashar Al-Assad's regime is responsible for the April 4 attack in which sarin gas projectiles were fired into Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the Idlib province of northwestern Syria.

More than 87 people were killed in the attack, which was not the first time that sarin had been used during the civil war in Syria.

"Syria categorically denies the content of the joint report between the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said a statement released by the foreign ministry in Damascus.

"This report and the one that preceded it are falsifications of the truth and distort the exact information on what happened at Khan Sheikhun," it added.

The Syrian statement, quoted by official media, denounced the "method of investigation", saying it was based on "the words of the criminals who committed this immoral act in Khan Sheikhun and on dubious witnesses".

The ministry further claimed the UN report was written on the basis of "instructions from the U.S. administration and Western countries to exert more political pressure" on Damascus.

The Syrian regime denies having any connection to the April attack and, in general, to any chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Assad has even claimed that the Khan Sheikhun attack was fabricated by the United States.

Syria ally Russia maintains that the sarin attack was most likely caused by a bomb set off directly on the ground, not by a Syrian air strike as alleged by the West.

Earlier this week, Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution that would have extended for a year the mandate of a UN panel investigating who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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