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Published:September 16th, 2013 14:26 EST

UN: Clear and Convincing Evidence of Chemical Weapons use in Syria

By SOP newswire3

A United Nations team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria has found clear and convincing evidence " that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus.

The report, delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday and made public today, concludes that on the basis of evidence obtained during the investigation of the Ghouta incident, chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in [Syria], also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale. "

The team, lead by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström, also concludes in particular that the environmental, chemical and medical samples collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-air- rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used in Ein Tarma, Moadamiyah, and Zamalka, in the Ghouta area of Damascus. "

A UN spokesperson has announced that the Secretary-General will shortly brief the press on the findings in the report following his meeting with the Security Council. He also plans to present the report to the General Assembly.

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