The UN and the OPCW have accused the Syrian government of the third chemical attack in the country. According to the organizations’ report, the attack was launched in Idlib on March 16, 2015.
A joint mechanism of the UN and the OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) on investigation of the use of chemical substances for military purposes in Syria has recognized that Damascus is responsible for another chemical attack on its own territory, the Reuters news agency reported, citing a report of the organization.
The UN and the OPCW concluded that the Syrian government used toxic gas in the province of Idlib on March 16, 2015.
According to the report, which was obtained by the agency, the Syrian Air Force used helicopters to drop barrel bombs, which emitted poisonous gas chlorine. According to Reuters, the helicopters took off from two bases, one of which housed helicopters of the Navy.
Earlier, it was reported that the UN and the OPCW recognized that the Syrian government was responsible for two of the nine chemical attacks that were studied, while terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group were blamed for another attack.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Moscow considers the report of the OPCW on the use of chemical weapons in Syria helpful and is ready to assist in the investigation. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, noted that there are still many questions on the submitted report, and it is not enough for introduction of the UN Security Council’s sanctions against Damascus.
However, we can notice an ‘unexpected’ coincidence of dates of the report’s release and the truce failure in Aleppo through a fault of the so-called ‘moderate’ opposition.