Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Syria Rejects UN Report Blaming It for Sarin Attack

Syria Rejects UN Report Blaming It for Sarin Attack

Because of the tragedy, the Government of US President Donald Trump has made air strikes against the Syrian Air Force Base, where the Western forces claimed the attack against Khan Shaykhun originated.

"Syria rejects in form and substance what was included in the report of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) that was announced yesterday", the state news agency SANA reported, citing an official in Syria's foreign ministry.

Awful images from the aftermath of the attack drew outrage globally.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said the report "confirms what we have long known to be true".

Images of dead and dying victims, including young children, in the aftermath of the attack provoked global outrage and a United States cruise missile strike on a regime air base.

More news: Sensex ends at new peak, posts best weekly gain since Jan 27

Clearly referring to Russian Federation, she said, "In spite of these independent reports, we still see some countries trying to protect the regime".

A separate OPCW fact-finding mission determined in June that the banned nerve agent sarin gas had been used in the deadly chemical attack.

The JIM report said its leadership panel "expresses its shock and dismay about the existence and use of these weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, and its deep sympathy to those affected by them".

On Tuesday, Russia cast a veto preventing the renewal of the mandate of JIM which is due to expire in mid-November.

Haley said countries that fail to support the JIM "are no better than the dictators or terrorists who use these bad weapons".

Like this: