United Nations accuses Assad of war crimes

United Nations accuses Assad of war crimes

United Nations accuses Assad of war crimes

It was among four chemical attacks the commission tallied over the span of its investigation - including the use of "weaponized chlorine" in three other locations.

The regime accepted that it had attacked the town but said the gas was released after its aircraft targeted a chemical weapons factory.

The investigators revealed that the Assad led Syrian government's warplane dropped sarin on the town in Idlib province, killing more than 80 civilians.

The Assad government has denied using chemical weapons in the past and claimed that the Khan Sheikhoun attack was the result of hitting a rebel weapons cache during a routine airstrike. As part of an aerial campaign in northern Hama and southern Idlib, on 4 April the Syrian air force used sarin in Khan Shaykhun, killing over 80 people, most of whom were women and children.

"It underscores once more how Syrian men, women, and children throughout the country remain the primary victims of violence perpetrated by the pro-Government forces, anti-Government armed groups, terrorist organisations and their affiliates", Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told a press conference in Geneva, launching the report.

United Nations human rights investigators have concluded that the Syrian Air Force carried out a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in April. The plane is used only by the Syrian air force. Perpetrators had not been identified yet in six early attacks, they said.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun - which left 28 children and 23 women among the dead - prompted a retaliatory strike by the U.S. on the airfield from where the Sukhoi-22 aeroplane took off. Aircraft used by Syrian and Russian forces were observed in the area of the medical facility at the time of the attack, according to the report's authors.

Mr Pinheiro said that he was gravely concerned about the impact of coalition airstrikes and called on the USA to better protect civilians during air strikes on militants in the east of the country.

Investigators were not granted access to Syria and based their report on photos of bomb remnants, satellite imagery and witness accounts.

The Commission also said us air strikes on a mosque in the village of Al-Jina in rural Aleppo in March that killed 38 people, including children, failed to take precautions in violation of global 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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