Paris to 'Prove' Damascus behind Chemical Attack, OPCW Confirms Sarin Used


The head of a global arms watchdog said Wednesday that "incontrovertible" test results from an alleged chemical strike in Syria showed sarin gas or a similar substance had been used.

Samples from 10 victims of the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhun analyzed at four laboratories "indicate exposure to sarin or a sarin-like substance," said Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The suspected attack on the rebel-held town in Idlib province killed at least 87 people, including many children, and images of the dead and of suffering victims provoked global outrage.

Samples had been taken from three people who died in the attack, and were analyzed at two OPCW-designated laboratories, Uzumcu told delegates to the OPCW's executive council on Wednesday, according to a statement from the watchdog.

Another set of bio-medical samples from seven people being treated in hospitals were also analyzed in two other labs.

"While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible," Uzumcu told the meeting of the body's executive council which resumed Wednesday at its headquarters in The Hague.

A fact-finding mission set up by the OPCW is ready to deploy to the town "should the security situation permit," he said, adding the team was continuing to conduct interviews, and collect samples.

The executive council is to meet again on Thursday to vote on a draft decision which is being discussed.

Earlier in the day, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Paris will produce proof "in a few days" that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was behind a chemical strike in Khan Sheikhun.

"We have elements that will allow us to show that the regime knowingly used chemical weapons," Ayrault said.

"In a few days I will be able to bring you the proof," he told French television.

In an exclusive interview last week with AFP in Damascus, Assad said the suspected chemical attack was a "fabrication" to justify a U.S. missile strike on Syrian forces.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication," he said.

Western leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump have accused Assad of being behind the attack in the rebel-held town, saying his forces used a chemical weapon during an air strike.

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Thumb illiterate-Southern 1 year

keep producing proof of your brilliance. I am learning so much from you I feel I am earning an online degree.

Thumb s.o.s 1 year

Hahaha it could get you a well paid job @al manar TV network ;)

Thumb ex-fpm 1 year

what is producing proof to you southern? is it like when nassrallah produced "proof" that Israel assassinated Hariri and M14 leaders?

Thumb Southern...... 1 year

nasrallah never produced proof, but provided a proof by giving evidences.

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 1 year

Nasrallah provided proof by giving evidences that Israeli drones flew around the Beirut seafront including the St George area in the 1990s. And there is irrefutable evidence that Rafic Hariri's convoys drove around that same Beirut seafront, at least once maybe more, in the 1990s. Also I personally can testify that I saw Rafic Hariri walking around the Beirut seafront including the St George area many times in the 1990s, what more do you guys wants :)

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 1 year

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Says it's'100% Fabrication: "The Syrian president said his forces had no military reason to hit Khan Sheikhun, describing it as having no strategic value and being far from the current battlefront."

Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Muallem fabricating proof: "The first air raid conducted by the Syrian army was at 11:30 am (0830 GMT) on that day (Tuesday)..".

Russian Defense Ministry and it's spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov fabricating proof: "Syrian jets bombed a rebel depot in Khan Sheikhun.. the Defense Ministry has confirmed this information as fully objective and verified"

Thumb thepatriot 1 year

Southy... you and momo are like twin brothers... if you see footage, it was altered, a journalistic source is biased, Wikipedia is zionist, Pictures, they're photoshopped, video...staged! No proof is good enoiugh for you...ever! Keep on living in your delusional world...

Thumb s.o.s 1 year

But when Nusralot gives a speech, he doesn't demand proof Because ....he's an omniscient saint. Oooopsy laww cuntu a3lam

Thumb gigahabib 1 year

Goerge Bush had proof...

Thumb thepatriot 1 year

No he did not, and this is why the French did not follow him idiot!