UN Confirms Syrian Government's Chemical Weapon Attacks

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said at least 83 people a third of them children were killed in the April 4 sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun

The report, which also documents violations by al Qaeda's branch and other militant groups in Syria, said the commission is gravely concerned about the impact of coalition air strikes on civilians in Raqqa, where US -backed Syrian forces are battling the Islamic State. But that conclusion, reached by a fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), did not say who was responsible. That group confirmed in June that sarin was used in Khan Sheikhoun, but did not identify the attacker.

According to the report, the Syrian forces have also used weaponized chlorine in Idlib, Hamah, eastern Ghouta, and Damascus, explicitly violating worldwide humanitarian law and the Convention on Chemical Weapons.

The nerve agent attack in Syria on April 4 that killed more than 80 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun was carried out by the Syrian air force, a team of United Nations rights investigators has concluded.

The commission also said the United States violated worldwide law by failing to protect civilians when they carried out an airstrike on a mosque in al-Jinah, Syria.

- U.N. War crimes Investigators accuse Assad led Syrian government of using chemical weapons. Perpetrators had not been identified yet in six early attacks, they said. In al-Rashidin (Aleppo), a single vehicle bombing killed 96 people, including 68 internally displaced children, from previously besieged Fu'ah and Kafraya (Idlib). It said its strikes in Khan Sheikhoun hit a weapons depot belonging to rebel forces, a claim "excluded" by Pinheiro.

The US launched a retaliatory cruise-missile strike days after the attack which targeted a Syrian air base alleged to have facilitated the attack. The report is based on information retrieved from satellite images, video, photos, medical records, and over 300 interviews.

The following month, then US President Barack Obama says the use or even movement of such weapons would be a "red line" for his administration.

The attack was the latest in a string of chemical strikes since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Following that guarantee, Syria's military dropped chlorine bombs on civilians. These attacks constitute clear violations of global humanitarian law and the Convention on Chemical Weapons, the report notes, which the Syrian Arab Republic ratified in 2013 following a previous sarin attack.

Russian forces have been active in Syria supporting the army of Bashar al-Assad since September 2015. As it turns out, no matter how much of Syria's stockpile of poison gas the Russians removed, they apparently made sure that there were plenty of weapons left to use on innocent people.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Spanish league head chides PSG and Neymar with crude analogy
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:04
The £166m teenager has unveiled as a Paris St-Germain player today following his monster move from Monaco. It will not weigh me down", he added. "However, I came for the project".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Killer clowns unleash political nightmare in 'American Horror Story'
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:04
She hurls bottles of rosé at the assailants and runs to her vehicle , where one of the figures waits for her. Cult is here, and it's going to drastically change the way you view the emojis page on your iPhone.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA lawmakers approve major Hurricane Harvey aid package
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:04
They'll agree only to raise the debt ceiling for three months, which would set up an end of year fight, Politico reported . While conservatives in the Senate are unlikely to be pleased with the strategy, the larger problem could be in the House.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Star Wars: 8 Director Discusses Who The Last Jedi Is
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:03
If there's one thing we can say about the Disney era of " Star Wars " movies, everything is amplified. He wasn't fired, but Lucasfilm brought on Tony Gilroy to direct the reshoots on " Rogue One ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Court rejects Hungary, Slovakia migrant relocation case
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:03
In its ruling Wednesday, the court rejected all the arguments brought by Hungary and Slovakia. "ECJ confirms relocation scheme valid".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mamata Banerjee joins journalists to slam killing of Gauri Lankesh
Sep 07, 2017 - 02:02
Chennai journalists gathered at the Press Club to condemn the murder. He hoped that the Karnataka police would soon nab the killers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gas price hike comes as Texans hit the road for Labor Day
Sep 06, 2017 - 13:55
On the plus side, eight Texas and Louisiana refineries have either restarted or ramped up production, according to AAA Northeast. And just as operations in the Gulf Coast begin to recover, motorists are faced with the potential of another major storm.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sonia, Rahul condemn killing of Gauri Lankesh
Sep 06, 2017 - 13:53
An Indian journalist was fatally shot Tuesday by unidentified attackers in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police said. Expressing her deepest condolences to Lankeshs family and friends, the Congress president said she offered her prayers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ezekiel Elliott Claims His Accuser Banged Lucky Whitehead & Taunted Him About It
Sep 06, 2017 - 13:44
Apparently not as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is appealing a six-game suspension levied by Commissioner Roger Goodell . Roberts was asked about the relationship between Thompson and Whitehead during Elliott's appeal hearing last week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 6 hikers rescued after 140 trapped by wildfires
Sep 06, 2017 - 13:43
The fire threatened to reach the more populated Portland suburbs as it moves westward. "This happened fairly suddenly". Level 2 means that you should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice, and Level 1 means be on alert.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kentucky Receives Six Votes In ESPN Coaches Poll
Sep 06, 2017 - 13:31
Washington State moved up four spots in the AP Poll and from unranked to No. 22 in the Coaches Poll . MI dominated Florida, Virginia Tech picked up a good win and Texas fell at home to Maryland .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sports Digest: Froome extends lead at Spanish Vuelta
Sep 05, 2017 - 21:25
Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Tour de France victor Chris Froome tacked a few seconds onto his overall lead.

South Korea's Moon orders maximum retaliatory measures over North Korea
Sep 05, 2017 - 21:23
A news reader called the test a "complete success" and said the "two-stage thermonuclear weapon" had "unprecedented" strength. Sunday local time, near North Korea's known nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, in the county's northeast region.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top QB Andrew Luck officially activated, removed from PUP list
Sep 05, 2017 - 21:23
If Luck were to stay on the reserve/PUP list into the season, he would miss the first six games. That said, there still isn't a timetable to when Luck will make his return to the field.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Will the world remain silent on massacres and ethnic cleansing in Burma?
Sep 05, 2017 - 19:47
Myanmar's army has said almost 400 people have died in the fighting that ensued, including 370 Rohingya militants. Almost 90,000 Rohingya refugees escape Myanmar .