Sarin gas used in deadly Idlib attack, chemical weapons watchdog confirms

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that sarin gas was used as a weapon in the deadly April attack on Idlib, Syria. While the report did not apportion blame, the U.S. responded to the findings by saying that they “reflect a despicable and highly dangerous record of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime.”
Idlib, after the attack Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

An investigation conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that sarin gas was used as a weapon during an attack on rebel forces in April in Idlib, Syria. Over 90 Syrians, including children, were killed in the attack and hundreds more were injured.

“I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention,” OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. “The perpetrators of this horrific attack must be held accountable for their crimes.” The investigation findings will be presented to a United Nations committee that is investigating the attack.  

The U.S. State Department commented on the findings and placed the blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The facts reflect a despicable and highly dangerous record of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime,” the department said in a statement. A few days after the attack, the U.S. launched 50 Tomahawk missiles toward a Syrian military airport. According to the White House, the aircraft that released the chemical weapons during in the attack took off from that airport.



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