UN report alleges Syrian Government and ISIS used chemicals weapons against civilians

25 August 2016 (Last Updated August 25th, 2016 18:30)

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has claimed that terrorist group ISIS and the Syrian Government have used chemicals weapons against civilians in the country.

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has claimed that terrorist group ISIS and the Syrian Government have used chemicals weapons against civilians in the country.

The joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report confirmed nine cases of chemical weapons use in the country.

According to the report, ISIS used mustard gas in one attack, while the Syrian Government was accused of using chlorine in two attacks.

US ambassador to UN Samantha Power said that the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria violates UN Security Council Resolution 2118 and international standards and norms against chemical weapons use.

Power said: “The world has rejected the use of chemical weapons as a barbaric tool, repugnant to the conscience of mankind.”

Established in 2015, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) identified 'individuals, entities, groups, or governments involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical.'

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “This UN report confirms for the first time what we have long believed: the Assad regime has been responsible for the use of chemical weapons in at least two attacks in Syria.

"This UN report confirms for the first time what we have long believed: the Assad regime has been responsible for the use of chemical weapons in at least two attacks in Syria."

“The report also identifies Daesh as a perpetrator.

"The Global Coalition is making progress in defeating Daesh and the UK will continue to play a leading role.”

JIM is expected to continue its investigation into the remaining confirmed cases, as well as any other confirmed chemical weapons uses referred to the JIM by the OPCW Fact Finding Mission.


Image: A wide view of the Security Council. Photo: courtesy of UN Photo / JC McIlwaine.