Chemical weapons attack in Syria ‘a war crime’: UN chief Ban Ki-moon

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 19:32

Zee Media Bureau

United Nations: Although the UN report on Syria chemical weapons did not apportion blame on who perpetrated the crime, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday called the attack as a “war crime”.

The 38-page report prepared by UN chemical inspectors was released Monday which said there was "overwhelming and indisputable" evidence that nerve agent Sarin gas was used in Syria on August 21.

Calling the attack as “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja in 1988” Ban Ki-moon said that the attack was a violation of the international treaties and constituted a war crime.

He further added that the international community had a responsibility to ensure that chemical weapons use should never be repeated again.

Even though, the UN report did not say clearly who was behind the attack, but it identified the rockets used to deliver the chemical weapons and experts said that the rebels of Syria did not possess them, thus indirectly pointing the finger of suspicion towards Assad regime.



First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 19:32

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