Chemical weapons used on wide scale in Syria, says UN report

Last Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 23:00

Zee media Bureau

United Nations: Chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict in Syria on a "relatively large scale", a UN report said, without blaming any side.

"The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic... Against civilians including children on a relatively large scale," said the report.

The report was handed over to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon by chemical inspectors who probed into the alleged chemical attack in Syria that the US says was staged by Assad regime and killed 1429 people.

Ban also called on the UN Security Council to impose "consequences" if the embattled regime in Syria fails to keep its promise to destroy chemical arsenal.

According to the first page of the report that was visible in the photographs, the UN inspectors have gathered “clear evidence” that the toxic nerve gas Sarin was used in the attack.

"The environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used ... in the Ghouta area of Damascus," the report states.
The inspectors in their report concluded that “chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic ... against civilians including children on a relatively large scale".

The UN team probing the chemical weapons attack was led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom.

A BBC report on Monday added that 14 cases of suspected chemical attacks were being investigated by the UN panel on war crimes.

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande agreed with the plans of United States and Russia to dismantle and destroy chemical weapons under the control of the Syrian regime.

However, he insisted on continuing to maintain the military pressure on the war-torn country.

Hollande also said that sanctions would be enforced on Syria if it refuses to abide by the decisions of UN Security Council, which is likely to meet his week.

(With PTI inputs)



First Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 14:37

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