United Nations investigators report Syrian air force used sarin gas in Khan Sheikhoun

UN Officially Accuses Assad Government in Using Sarin in Khan Sheikhoun

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These attacks constitute clear violations of worldwide humanitarian law and the Convention on Chemical Weapons, the report notes, which the Syrian Arab Republic ratified in 2013 following a previous sarin attack.

In a detailed timeline of a March attack on a mosque in the northern Syrian town of Jinah, the commission said the coalition had neither taken appropriate measures to protect civilians nor provided evidence to back up its claim that the mosque was being used as a meeting place for senior al-Qaida leaders.

GENEVA - U.N. -mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force conducted a sarin gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike.

It said that its strikes in Khan Sheikhoun hit a weapons depot belonging to rebel forces, a claim dismissed by the United Nations investigators. At least 281 people were killed in an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, 2013, with some reports putting the death toll at 1,729.

October 21, 2016: The UN-led Joint Investigative Mechanism says that of nine alleged chemical attacks it is examining, three can be attributed to the Syrian government and one to ISIS jihadists.

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An OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism has been given that task, but the UN human rights investigators say there are already "reasonable grounds" to believe that government forces attacked the town.

Mr Pinheiro said that he was gravely concerned about the impact of coalition airstrikes and called on the United States to better protect civilians during air strikes on militants in the east of the country. It said its strikes in Khan Sheikhun hit a weapons depot belonging to rebel forces, a claim "excluded" by commission Chairman Paulo Pinheiro at a news conference in Geneva.

The report is the 14th by the commission and covers events from March to early July, based on interviews with Syrians, satellite images and examinations of photos and videos.

September 14, 2013: The United States and Russian Federation reach a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of 2014, averting punitive U.S. strikes against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Following that guarantee, Syria's military dropped chlorine bombs on civilians. While it's true that chlorine has multiple industrial uses, the same can not be said of Sarin gas used in several attacks over the last few years. 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.

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