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April 15, 2018
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US, allies destroyed facility that produced cancer drugs in Syria attacks: Iran TV claims

US, UK and France ended up destroying a scientific research institution specialized in producing cancer drugs in their punitive strike against Bashar al-Assad rigime for use of chemical weapons in Douma near Damascus, Iran's press TV reported on Sunday.

"The Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, located in the Barzeh neighborhood northeast of the Syrian capital, specialized in producing specific drugs which are direly in short supply amid Western sanctions," reported Press TV's website.

Quoting head of the Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Saeed Saeed, the state run TV said the center was previously used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) but now works on pharmaceutical products.

"Since the Syria crisis broke out, the country has been short of all kinds of medicines due to the sanctions from Western countries. Foreign companies stopped exporting high-quality medicines to Syria, especially anti-cancer medicines. So we have been conducting researches on anti-cancer medicines here and three cancer drugs have been developed.

"If there were chemical weapons in the building, we would not be here. My colleagues and I came here at 05:00 this morning. If there were chemical weapons, we would need to wear masks and take other protective measures to be staying here," he told Press TV.

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