OPCW to Investigate Assad’s Chlorine Gas Attack on Sarmin
The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source said on Thursday.
The source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a fact-finding mission will examine reports that barrel bombs were dropped on Sarmin, a village in Idlib province.
"It will be investigated," said the source, referring to the March 16th attack.
The attack on Sarmin came 10 days after the United Nations Security Council condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict.
The Syrian Coalition has sent a letter to the UN Security Council demanding that OPCW conduct an immediate investigation into the Assad regime's latest chlorine gas attack on the town of Sarmin in rural Idlib.
The letter calls upon the UN Security Council to take enforceable measures to ensure the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolution No. 2209 related to the use of chemical weapons and chlorine gas, calling on the UN Security Council to take the necessary measures against the Assad regime under Chapter VII of the UN Charter for non-compliance with the above-mentioned resolution and the provisions contained in UN resolution 2118. (Source: Syrian Coalition)