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Chemical weapons experts 'found sarin exposure after Syria attack'

The new UN disarmament chief has said a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an attack on April 4 in northern Syria that killed over 90 people.

Izumi Nakamitsu told the UN Security Council that her fact-finding team received samples from dead animals reported to have been close to the site of the incident in the opposition-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun, as well as environmental samples.

She said she now wants to visit the town.

Ms Nakamitsu said the team also witnessed three post-mortem examinations of alleged victims and the extraction of bio-medical samples from their bodies.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons and so has its close ally Russia, which has also carried out aerial attacks.


From Belfast Telegraph