United Nations probe holds Syria gov't responsible for sarin gas attack

United Nations probe holds Syria gov't responsible for sarin gas attack

United Nations probe holds Syria gov't responsible for sarin gas attack

The Syrian air force of President Bashar Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack that killed at least 83 people, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday as they dismissed the regime's claims that their planes had been targeting a chemical weapons site.

The latest report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria on September 6 offers some of the most conclusive evidence yet of allegations that Assad's forces carried out the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhun in which more than 80 civilians were killed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, has previously given a death toll of at least 87.

Twenty seven were by forces of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, including seven between 1 March to 7 July. The report stated it was not able to identify perpetrators of the six other attacks.

They have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during the country's civil war, they added. But that conclusion, reached by a fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but stopped short of saying who was responsible. The plane is used only by the Syrian air force.

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When President Obama drew a "red line" that threatened the Syrian government with U.S. military action if Bashar Assad's forces used poison gas - and then withdrew it - the move was justified by a Russian guarantee that they would take possession of Syria's entire gas inventory. The aerial campaign also targeted medical facilities throughout the area, resulting in a severe weakening of their ability to provide assistance to victims of the sarin attack and a consequent increase in the number of civilian casualties.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun - which left 28 children and 23 women among the dead - prompted a retaliatory strike by the USA on the airfield from where the Sukhoi-22 aeroplane took off.

The investigators also appealed to the US -led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east.

- U.N. War crimes Investigators accuse Assad led Syrian government of using chemical weapons.

The report also found that USA forces failed to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian objects when attacking alleged terrorists and destroying part of a mosque complex in al-Jinah, Aleppo, in March, in violation of worldwide humanitarian law. His apologists can try to wiggle away from Obama's culpability, but the fact of the matter is that Obama made the decision not to take out Syria's chemical weapons supply and then made a ridiculous deal with Syria's ally Russian Federation to have the stockpile removed.

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