France and Britain urged members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday to act firmly on the findings of the organization's latest report that confirmed that sarin was used in the April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikoun. France said that the report by the world's chemical weapons watchdog was "unequivocal.” "The conclusions of this report are indisputable," the French foreign ministry said…
The United Nations on Wednesday expressed concern about the continuing attacks on health-care infrastructure across Syria and attacks against civilians in Idlib province. As of the end of May, a total of 59 attacks on health facilities have been documented, resulting in the deaths of 15 health workers, said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. “In 2016, there were 136 health facilities attacked across Syria, which resulted in the…
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that her country is looking forward for an independent investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to determine who is to blame for the April 4 chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib. An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog has concluded that sarin or a sarin-like substance…
The United Nations on Wednesday said that dozens of civilians have been killed in the ongoing airstrikes on the city of Raqqa, voicing grave concern over the fate of as many as 100,000 civilians “effectively trapped” in the city. The UN also pointed to worrying reports of violations and abuses by the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al…
Britain and France on Tuesday threatened to use force against the Assad regime if it used chemical weapons against civilians. The French position on this specific issue is quite clear, said François Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations. French President Emmanuel Macaron last week pointed out that the use of chemical weapons “was a red line for us." “What is at stake is the future of the nonproliferation…
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