U.N. finds extensive use of chemical weapons in Syria
As per the report released by the U.N., the experts have found large-scale use of banned chemical weapons in Syria. The U.N. inspectors have found clear evidence that “Sarin Gas” killed hundreds of people in an attack on Ghouta near Damascus on August 21, 2013.
The attack triggered threats by the US and other western nations of a military action against President Bashar al-Assad regime. The United States says more than 1,400 people died in Ghouta. Mr. Assad has rejected the allegations of using sarin and blamed opposition rebels for the attack whereas Western nations say only the government has such weapons.
Recently, the US and Russia agreed to destroy the Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons. A U.N.-mandated independent panel of inquiry into rights violations in the Syria war announced separately that it was investigating 14 alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The latest findings are likely to affect the future course of action by the UN on Syria issue. However, Russia has made it clear that it is not in favor of any military strike against Assad regime.