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UN says there are strong suspicions Syria’s rebels have used chemical weapons.....
Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said a UN commission has indications that Syrian rebel forces used nerve agent sarin as a weapon in their fight against Assad’s regime – but no evidence that government forces also used sarin as a chemical weapon.
Del Ponte is on the U.N.’s four-member independent human rights panel probing alleged war crimes and other abuses in Syria. She told Italian-language Swiss public broadcaster SRI in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the indications are based on interviews with victims, doctors and field hospitals in neighboring countries.
The panel’s investigators have “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” said del Ponte.
Syria chemical weapons: UN says Syrian rebels used sarin | National Post
Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.
The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.
“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.
“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added, speaking in Italian.
The Grendel Report: U.N. says Syrian rebels used chem weapons, Dem says arm rebels (naturally)
France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims....
France has raised the prospect of the use of force against the Syrian government if allegations of its use of chemical weapons are proved.
The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said on Thursday that if the regime was shown to be responsible for the massacre, "we need a reaction by the international community … a reaction of force". He ruled out the deployment of foreign ground troops but added "a reaction that can take a form, I don't want to be more precise, of force" – raising the possibility of air strikes by western powers.
Hundreds of civilians are known to have died in the attack on Ghouta, a rebel-held area in the Damascus suburbs, and the death toll continues to rise as more bodies are found.
In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said the UK would not rule out any option in its response to the latest massacre.....snip~
France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims | World news | theguardian.com
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