Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the reports are an effort to derail a planned peace conference led by Russia and the US.
Just days after a UN team arrived in Syria to investigate alleged chemical weapons use, opposition groups say the government made use of an unknown 'poison gas.'
Some Israelis have suggested that continuing conflict in Syria is good for Israel, as its enemies are occupied fighting each other. This view is morally reprehensible, but also shortsighted. Ending the bloodshed in Syria is in the best interests of all, including Israel.
Claims that the rebels targeted Syrian President Assad's convoy have not been verified. Some question whether Assad's death would alter the balance of the conflict.
The photos feature President Assad and wife Asma surrounded by adoring Syrians, with few signs of the conflict that is tearing the country apart.