U.N.: Rockets Containing Sarin Used in Syria Attack
he U.N. inspectors’ 41-page report on chemical weapons use in the August attack on civilians outside of Damascus, Syria has been made public and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has briefed the U.N. Security Council on it.
As chemical weapons experts and security analysts pour over the report for signs of blame, the report’s appendices include detailed evidence and laboratory analysis that diplomats preliminarily say may well yield information on who is responsible for the attack.
After viewing the report, Mark Lyall, Britain’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday there is “no remaining doubt” that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attack. His American counterpart agreed.
“Only the regime could have carried out this attack,” U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said.
The report, handed down by the head of the mission, Professor Ake Sellstrom, says that “chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children on a relatively large scale.”