Member states of the UN Security Council on Tuesday met to listen to the monthly briefing on the dossier of chemical weapons in Syria. The meeting discussed sending an instigative mission to determine responsibility for the April 4 sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib.
The UN Security Council meeting focused on the progress in the investigation into the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikoun being conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) issued its 27th report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria earlier this week. The Network said it had documented five attacks in Damascus and its countryside since the April 4 sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikoun.
The report indicated that the Assad regime did not stop or refrain from the use of chemical weapons despite the missile strikes the United States launched on the Shayrat airbase in Homs province in response to the April 4 sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
The watchdog group said it had recorded a total of 207 chemical weapons attacks since 2011, 33 of which took place before the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2118 on September 27, 2013.
According to the report, 105 attacks took place after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2209 on March 6, 2015, while 49 attacks took place after the adoption of resolution 2235 on August 7, 2015.
The attacks claimed the lives of at least 1,420 people, including 1,356 civilians, 57 rebel fighters, and 7 regime POWs who were held by rebel groups. The victims included 186 children and 244 women, while at least 6,672 people were injured. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)