Head of the Syrian interim government Jawad Abu Hatab said that regime forces used weapons of mass destruction in the airstrikes on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib earlier on Tuesday. He added that the chemical weapons that were used in the attack on the rebel-held town included the sarin nerve agent and the poisonous chlorine.
Abu Hatab called on media outlets to accompany him to check the scene of the crime to document the violations being committed by the Assad regime and its allies. He stressed the need to examine the bodies of victims, many of whom are children and women, and to interview the injured.
Medical staff of the interim government took samples from the scene of the crime to be examined and to determine the type of toxic substances used in the attack, Abu Hatab added.
Abu Hatab pointed out that over 100 people were killed in the attack on the town and more than 400 injured, including 90 who are in critical situation.
Abu Hatab called upon the United Nations, the Arab League, and friendly countries to stand up to the perpetrators of these crimes; to hold them accountable; and to take urgent action to protect civilians from the daily crimes committed against them since March 2011. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)