June 30, 2017

Chemical weapons watchdog says Sarin was used in Syria attack

Chemical weapons watchdog says Sarin was used in Syria attack

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on October 15, 2011 shows Syrian men carrying a victim after he was shot during an anti-regime rally in Dael on the outskirts of Daraa, a flashpoint town in the south, on October 14. A coalition of 121 Arab and international rights groups urged the Arab League to take action on Syria to prevent it from sliding into civil war on October 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE

Beirut – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says prohibited nerve agent sarin was used in an attack that killed dozens of people in Syria in April

An OPCW fact-finding mission confirmed that people were exposed to sarin on April 4, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s north-western Idlib province.

The OPCW said in a statement that its fact-finding mission advance team was deployed within 24 hours of being alerted to the incident and was able to “attend autopsies, collect bio-medical samples from casualties and fatalities, interview witnesses as well as to receive environmental samples.’’

The U. S. conducted a cruise missile assault on a Syrian airbase that it claimed was responsible for April’s chemical attack.