“Strong, Concrete Suspicions” Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons Like Sarin
Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 28, 2013
Back in May, UN official Carla del Ponte told Swiss television that there were “strong, concrete suspicions” that the Syrian rebels used a chemical weapon, sarin nerve gas, in their Saudi-backed fight to topple the Assad régime:
In an interview with Swiss-Italian TV on Sunday, Ms Del Ponte, who serves as a commissioner on the panel, said: “Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals.
“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.”
Sarin, a colourless, odourless liquid or gas which can cause respiratory arrest and death, is classed as a weapon of mass destruction and is banned under international law.
Ms Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general and prosecutor with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), did not rule out the possibility that troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad might also have used chemical weapons, but said further investigation was needed.
“I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got… they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition,” she said.
Bear this in mind when hearing about the latest rush to attack Syria.
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