UN: Syrian government army responsible for Sarin attack

A U.N. commission report Wednesday said Syrian forces used sarin gas in an April attack. [Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA]
UN human rights investigators have concluded that the Syrian Air Force carried out a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in April.

At least 83 people died when a Su-22 jet dropped a bomb filled with the nerve agent Sarin on Khan Sheikhoun, a report by a commission of inquiry says.

Damascus insists the incident was faked and denies using chemical weapons.

The report also says a US strike on a mosque complex in March that killed 38 people violated international law.

The investigators allege that US forces failed to take all feasible precautions to avoid or minimise incidental loss of civilian life and damage to civilian objects.

The US says the strike, which targeted al-Qaeda-linked militants in the village of Jinah, killed only one civilian and was proportional to a valid military objective.

An Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission confirmed in June that people in Khan Sheikhoun were exposed to Sarin on 4 April. However, its mandate did not include identifying who was responsible.

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.

(Source: BBC)

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