Syria rejects UN report accusing it of using chemical weapons

The report explicitly accuses Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of committing war crimes during the civil war.
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The Syrian government on Friday rejected a UN report accusing it of using chemical weapons during the civil war. The report explicitly blames President Bashar al-Assad for war crimes.

Syria has consistently denied such accusations ever since they emerged. Assad has claimed that his regime's strike in the town of Khan Shaykhun had been directed at weapons facilities of the rebel forces, and that the chemical gases may have leaked from them.

The report states that Assad's regime used chemical weapons at least 27 times during the war, including the deadly sarin gas in Idlib.

"Government forces continued the pattern of using chemical weapons against civilians in opposition-held areas," the report said. "In the gravest incident, the Syrian air force used sarin in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, killing dozens, the majority of whom were women and children."

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