Investigators confirm chemical weapons used in the Syrian conflict

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Republic, also against civilians, including children on a relatively large scale.

That assessment comes in the conclusion of the report submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The weapons investigators say "in particular, the environmental, chemical and medical samples …collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to- surface rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used in Ein Tarma, Moadamiyah and Zamalka in the Ghouta area of Damascus.

The weapons investigators say the facts supporting this conclusion are: impacted and exploded surface-to-surface rockets, capable to carry a chemical payload, were found to contain sarin; close to the rocket impact sites, in the are where patients were affected, the environment was found to be contaminated by Sarin; over 50 interviews given by survivors and heath care workers provided ample corroboration of the medical and scientific results; a number of patients/survivors were clearly diagnosed by an organophosphorous compound and; blood and urine samples from the same patients were found positive for Sarin and Sarin signatures.

The investigators say this result leaves them with the deepest concern.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted the report to the UN Security Council Monday morning.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’26″

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