Sarin gas was used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

 20 Apr 2017 - 10:54

Sarin gas was used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says
A man carries the body of a dead child, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah.


The Hague: "Incontrovertible" test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says.

Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, the (BBC) quoted OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu as saying. 

Uzumcu said samples had been taken from three people who died in the attack and were analysed at two OPCW designated laboratories.

Another set of samples from seven people being treated in hospitals were also analysed in two other laboratories.

"The results of these analyses from four OPCW-designated laboratories indicate exposure to sarin or a sarin-like substance. 

While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible," Uzumcu said.