Syria denies using Scuds against rebels

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This image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian rebel firing his weapon in Damascus, Syria, Friday, June 21, 2013. The commander of Syria's rebels confirms they have received new weapons, giving his forces more power in battles against government troops and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon. Gen. Salim Idris refused to say in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV Friday where the weapons came from. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Foreign Ministry has denied claims that the government is using Scud missiles against rebels.

The ministry said Thursday that the reports are nothing more than a conspiracy.

On Wednesday, the U.S. and NATO said President Bashar Assad's forces had fired Scud missiles at rebel areas. Two U.S. officials said the army had fired Scud missiles from Damascus into northern Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter.

One official estimated the army fired more than a half dozen Scuds.