US accuses Syria of using Sarin as chemical weapon on rebels

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US and Britain have accused Syria of using sarin gas/ chemical weapons against rebel forces on two occasions. These allegations are based on unconfirmed reports and therefore United Nation has asked Syrian government to approve a UN mission of inspectors to probe the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict that erupted in March 2011 and has already killed 70,000 people. Both, the Syrian government and Rebel forces accuse each other of using Chemical weapons.

  • Though Syria agreed for UN led investigation, it has still not allowed a team of UN experts into country as it wants any investigation limited to an incident in the Khan al-Assal village in the Aleppo province in March 2013 that reportedly killed 31 people. However,UN is pushing for broader investigation that would include a December 2012 incident in Homs.
  • allegations can be determined only if inspectors are able to access sites and take soil, blood, urine or tissue samples and examine them in certified laboratories, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which works with the UN on inspections.
  • Allegations by Western and Israeli officials citing photos, sporadic shelling and traces of toxins do not meet the standard of proof needed for a UN team of experts waiting to gather their own field evidence, the organisation said.


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