UN Report: Syrian Gov’t, ISIS Blamed for Chemical Attacks in Syria

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NEW YORK — The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, early Thursday said he submitted a report to the Security Council outlining in-depth investigation into, as well as the findings, assessments and conclusions of nine selected cases related to incidents involving the use of chemicals weapons in Syria.

According to a statement by UN chief spokesperson, the joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report was submitted Wednesday evening, adding that Ban is looking forward to the Council’s consideration of the new findings.

The report, which includes methods of work and the investigation of the specific cases, will be available publicly shortly thereafter, the statement added.

According to the report, obtained by Petra, the team was able to investigate nine cases in seven towns, where an OPCW fact-finding mission found that chemical weapons had likely been used. The report determined responsibility in three cases, said three attacks pointed toward Syrian government responsibility but weren't conclusive, and described three others as inconclusive.

According to the report, the team found the Syrian government responsible for two chlorine attacks in Idlib governorate, one in Talmenes town on April 21, 2014, and the other in Sarmin that took place on March 16, 2015.

The report also said the ISIS terror group was "the only entity with the ability, capability, motive and the means to use sulfur mustard gas" in Marea village in Aleppo governorate near the Turkish border on Aug. 21, 2015, when the group's fighters were attacking rebels.

According to the statement, the UN chief also expressed appreciation to the Joint Investigative Mechanism’s Leadership Panel and its staff, as well as to the OPCW and the Office for Disarmament Affairs for their continued support to the Mechanism.

He further thanked the Member States of the UN for their assistance to the Mechanism, including financial support.

The joint body was established by the Security Council in August 2015 for a period of one year with a possibility of future extension. It is tasked with identifying individuals, entities, groups, or governments involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, in Syria.

(Petra)

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