U.S. will look into reports of chemical attack in Damascus

The U.S. will look into reports of an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by the regime air force in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about news reports from Damascus talking about a poisonous gas attack carried out on Tuesday by the air force of Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime. She said the department was unable to confirm or deny the alleged attack, which reportedly killed three people and injured 13 others.

"Obviously we take any alleged report of any kind of chemical weapons use seriously," Harf said. "I'll look into it to see if we can get more facts. I don't have anything to confirm that, one way or the other. We always look into these reports and see if we can get more information."

When asked if the U.S. anticipated any consequences on the Syrian regime, Harf said the U.S. would first need to determine if the reports were accurate.

"I don't want to get ahead of where we are," Harf said. "I don't know that it's correct. But we've been very clear about the regime's use of chemical weapons and that it's unacceptable. That's why we're working so hard to destroy it right now."