Watchdog offers more proof Syria government used chemical arms

By REUTERS
January 7, 2015 00:14

UNITED NATIONS - The latest report on Syria by the global chemical weapons watchdog offers further evidence that the Syrian government repeatedly attacked its own citizens with poison gas, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday.

The 117-page report by a fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) includes eyewitness accounts of helicopters dropping barrel bombs with toxic chemicals. The findings are consistent with two previous reports by the mission but offer much more detail.

Power said the new report added credence to allegations that the Syrian government used chlorine gas as a weapon.

The third OPCW report does not say who used chemical weapons. Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari declined to comment.


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