UN: Assad used chemical weapons against civilians 27 times

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russia and Iran during the Syrian civil war, has been accused of committing war crimes after UN investigators proved that he used sarin gas at least 27 times against Syrian civilians.
Sarin gas falls on Khan Sheikhoun Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are guilty of using chemical weapons dozens of times during the civil war raging in the country for the past six and a half years, UN investigators said Wednesday.

According to Reuters, these are the most conclusive findings that the UN war crimes investigation team has published thus far with regards to Assad's use of chemical warfare during the Syrian civil war. Investigators determined that government warplanes dropped sarin gas- an odorless nerve agent- on the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib in April, killing at least 80 civilians.

War criminal and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Photo Credit: Sky News/ Channel 2 News

"Government forces continued the pattern of using chemical weapons against civilians in opposition-held areas. In the gravest incident, the Syrian air force used sarin in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, killing dozens, the majority of whom were women and children," the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported, explicitly accusing Assad of committing war crimes.

UN investigators said that so far, 33 chemical weapons attacks have been recorded in Syria since the civil war broke out; 27 were carried out by Assad's forces, while it is still unclear who was behind the other 6 attacks.

The Syrian government continues to deny using chemical weapons, insisting that the attack in Khan Sheikhoun targeted an armory used by rebel forces and not innocent civilians.

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