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OPCW confirms sarin used in Syrian attack

21 April 2017

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that a sarin or a sarin-like nerve agent was used in the attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but Russia continues to defend its Syrian allies.

The OPCW made the statement on 19 April on the basis of samples taken from nine victims that were analysed by four different laboratories. "While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible," OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said.

The OPCW did not identify the perpetrator of the attack, which France, Turkey, UK, and the United States have blamed on the Syrian military, but said that its Fact Finding Mission would continue to investigate and is expected to complete its initial report within two weeks.

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