A report conducted by United Nations inspectors confirms the use of chemical weapons in Syria, says United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
The results of the report are “overwhelming and indisputable,” Ki-Moon told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York. He presented the report to a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York Monday morning, according to Fox News.
“Environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface to surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used in the Ghouta area of Damascus,” the U.N. report states.
In their report, U.N. inspectors said there is “clear and convincing evidence” that “chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale, resulting in numerous causalities, particularly among civilians and including many children.”
The findings are the first official confirmation by scientific experts that chemical weapons were used in Syria’s civil war.
The report does not say who launched the attack. The rebels have said the regime of President Bashar Assad was behind the Aug. 21 attack, while the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, accuse the rebels for the attack.
The report, according to Fox News, cites a number of facts supporting its conclusion, including rocket fragments that were found to contain sarin, blood, urine, and hair samples from 34 patients who had signs of intoxication,” and “more than 50 interviews with survivors and health care workers provided ample corroboration of the medical and scientific results.”
“This is a grave crime,” Ki-Moon said. “Those responsible must be brought to justice and soon as possible.”
Source: Fox News