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Offbeat Watchdog: Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria in March 2017

19:30  13 june  2018
19:30  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Israel behind airstrike in Syria, US official says

  Israel behind airstrike in Syria, US official says An airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border Sunday was carried out by Israel, and not by the US or the coalition fighting ISIS, a US official tells CNN. Syrian state TV blamed the strike that targeted pro-regime forces and caused multiple casualties on the US-led coalition combating the terrorist group, but a spokesman for the coalition said there were no coalition strikes in the area near Abu Kamal. The Israel Defense Forces declined to comment on the strike, per its normal policy. US officials have said that many pro-regime militias that are also aligned with Iran operate in the border area between Syria and Iraq.

The global chemical weapons watchdog has said it is "very likely " that gas was used on civilians in Syria during attacks last year. In a statement, the body said sarin was used on 24 March 2017 in southern Ltamenah, in the Hama governate. The OPCW also concluded chlorine was "very likely

The March 30 air strike in the northern Syrian town of Latamneh injured around 70 people who suffered nausea, foaming at the mouth and muscle spasms. Sarin gas likely used in Syria attack: watchdog . Apr 20, 2017 .

A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a make-shift hospital following a reported gas attack on the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on January 22, 2018. © HASAN MOHAMED/AFP/Getty Images A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a make-shift hospital following a reported gas attack on the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on January 22, 2018. THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were "very likely" used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Wednesday that its Fact-Finding Mission probing alleged attacks in Syria found that "sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon" in the south of Latamneh in Hama province on March 24 and that chlorine was very likely used a day later at and near Latamneh Hospital.

The OPCW's fact-finding team is not mandated to apportion blame for chemical attacks.

The organization says its findings were based on witness testimony and analysis of samples.

UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes .
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for an investigation of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets in Syria, killing dozens including children. The air attack on the night of June 7 to 8 targeted the village of Zardana in Idlib province and left 44 dead including six children, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.In a statement, Guterres expressed "deep concern" about the strikes and called for a "full investigation into the attacks, especially allegations that there was also a second strike targeting first responders, to establish accountability.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/offbeat/-154843-watchdog-sarin-chlorine-likely-used-in-syria-in-march-2017/

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