The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has dismissed the implication that the Syrian air force used a Russian-made KhAB-250 sarin bomb in the sarin attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on 1 May stating that munition remnants found in a crater in Khan Shaykhun "appear to be consistent with the characteristics of the KhAB-250", a Soviet-era bomb designed to deliver sarin. It said that a circular remnant appeared to be the same as the filling hole cap seen in a photograph of a KhAB-250. A second remnant appeared to have green bands painted on it, a colour used to identify chemical munitions.
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