Blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens last April has been burdened upon the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad according to a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.
Per a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, “The Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017,” the report from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) said.
The attack in the impact of an impulse held a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian air base.
“Time and again, we see independent confirmation of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime,” Nikki Haley, the United States’ UN ambassador, said in a statement.
“The Security Council must send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons by anyone will not be tolerated, and must fully support the work of the impartial investigators.”
“Syria rejects in form and substance what was included in the report of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) that was announced yesterday,” state news agency Sana reported, citing an official in Syria’s foreign ministry.
Per report, it is also rumoured that ISIS was to blame for the use of sulfur mustard in the Syrian town of Umm Hawsh on Sept. 15 and 16, 2016.
“[Damascus] condemns the reliance of the Joint Investigative Mechanism on the word of criminals who committed this immoral act in Khan Sheikhoun and those of suspect witnesses, as well as so-called open sources,” a statement by the foreign ministry official said.
Syria renewed its commitment to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and it had no chemical materials restricted by the agreement, according to officials.
Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia said earlier this week Russia would consider revisiting the mandate extension after Thursday’s report is discussed.
The JIM has already found Syrian government forces had hands behind the game for three chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015.
Nevertheless, Syria agreed to rupture its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States.
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