Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Use Of Irrefutable Sarin Gas In Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Wednesday that tests were proving "irrefutably" that sarin gas or a similar substance had been used in an alleged chemical attack in Syria in early April.

Samples of 10 victims of the attack on Khan Cheikhoun (northwest), which killed 87 people on 4 April, analyzed in four laboratories, "show evidence of exposure to sarin gas or a similar substance" "Said Ahmet Uzumcu, Director of the OPCW.

"Pending further information from laboratory analyses, the results of analyses already obtained are irrefutable," Uzumcu added at a meeting of the Executive Council on Wednesday at the headquarters of the organization in The Hague.

Additional biological samples from seven hospitalized patients were being analyzed in two other laboratories.

A monitoring mission established by the OPCW is ready to deploy in the city "if the security situation allows," he said, adding that the team continued to collect testimonies and samples.

The Executive Board is due to meet again on Thursday to vote on a draft text under discussion.

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