The Syrian air force used the chemical weapon chlorine in an attack on the town of Saraqib in 2018, the global toxic arms watchdog said on Monday after an investigation.
The report is the second by an investigations team set up by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has new powers to apportion blame for attacks.
The OPCW said in a statement the Investigations and Identification Team (IIT) “concludes that units of the Syrian Arab air force used chemical weapons in Saraqib on Feb 4, 2018”. Reactions from abroad were swift, with France and Germany warning the findings would not go unanswered.
“The use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, and under any circumstances is intolerable, and impunity for their use is equally unacceptable,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.