Sunday 23 July 2017

Chemical weapons experts 'found sarin exposure after Syria attack'

United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, speaks during a Security Council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarters (AP)
United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, speaks during a Security Council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarters (AP)

The new UN disarmament chief has said a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an attack on April 4 in northern Syria that killed over 90 people.

Izumi Nakamitsu told the UN Security Council that her fact-finding team received samples from dead animals reported to have been close to the site of the incident in the opposition-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun, as well as environmental samples.

She said she now wants to visit the town.

Ms Nakamitsu said the team also witnessed three post-mortem examinations of alleged victims and the extraction of bio-medical samples from their bodies.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons and so has its close ally Russia, which has also carried out aerial attacks.

Press Association

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