Saturday 21 October 2017

'33 chemical attacks in Syria' - UN

Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France, newly-appointed head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France, newly-appointed head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Stephanie Nebehay

Government forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during Syria's civil war, including in April's deadly attack on Khan Sheikhoun, UN war crimes investigators said yesterday.

A government warplane dropped sarin on the town in Idlib province, killing more than 80 civilians, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said, in the most conclusive findings to date from investigations into that chemical weapon attack.

The panel also said US air strikes on a mosque in Al-Jina in rural Aleppo in March that killed 38 people, including children, failed to take precautions in violation of international law, but did not constitute a war crime.

In their 14th report since 2011, UN investigators said they had in total documented 33 chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date.

Twenty-seven were by the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Perpetrators had not been identified yet in six attacks, they said.

The Assad government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.

Irish Independent

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