The initial autopsy of the victims of the attack in the Syrian province of Idlib showed the use of a chemical warfare agent (CWA) nerve agents sarin. This follows from the statements of the Ministry of health of Turkey published on the official website.
“Based on the results of the study, patients had discovered evidence that they were exposed to sarin gas,” — said in the message.
According to Ministry of health of the Republic 31 injured were brought to medical institutions in Turkey on treatment, three more people died on the way. According to the head of the Ministry of Recep Akdag, further examination of the bodies will be conducted with the participation of representatives of the world health organization (who).
The Minister of justice of Turkey Bekir bozdag also said the use of chemical weapons. “When the autopsies of three dead in Idlib was discovered sarin gas”, — quotes words of the head of the Supervisory Department of the TV channel NTV.
On the application of the CWA sarin previously reported by the activists of the organization “Doctors without borders”.
Earlier, on 4 April, the London-based Syrian Observatory for human rights reported that the city of Khan shaykhun in Idlib were bombed with BOV (presumably chlorine or sarin). Reuters pointed out that the strikes were involved in the Russian planes.
The Russian defense Ministry said in response that the Agency “has managed to misinterpret even the original source of this news”. In Moscow, stressed that the strike in the village of Khan shaykhun in Idlib province made a Syrian aircraft. Attacked, according to the Russian military, was a warehouse of ammunition of terrorists, where were the components for making chemical weapons that were delivered to Iraq.
What is known about the chemical attack in Syria
The UN Security Council released about the incident the draft resolution, which the United States, Britain and France proposed to place the responsibility for the chemical attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the National coalition of opposition and revolutionary forces of Syria (NKORS), the attack killed 80 people, and another 200 were injured. The blame for the attack, the opposition has placed on Syrian government forces.
Sarin is a volatile, colorless liquid, odorless, belongs to the class of organophosphorus toxic substances, has a nerve effect.
Chemical weapons in Syria
The production of chemical agents in Syria according to non-governmental organizations and the CIA, began in 1970-1980, with the participation of French organizations and experts.
The provision for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria was made after September 16, 2013 was published the report of the UN experts about the use of chemical weapons on 21 August 2013 in ghouta (Damascus suburb).
September 28, 2013 was unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2118 of the UN on the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. Original pickup date was defined as 31 December 2013. The term of the transportation less hazardous chemicals was set for 4 February. In fact, these terms have not been met.
14 Oct 2013 Syria acceded to the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons, banning the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
In October 2013, under the supervision of experts of the United Nations and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has begun destroying Syrian chemical weapons.
In February 2014 the Syrian authorities provided the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons plan, according to which the removal of all toxic substances from the country was due to expire on 27 April 2014.
In April 2014, the head of the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons Sigrid Kaag said that 92.5 percent of Syrian chemical weapons destroyed or removed. On the removal of the last batch announced on 23 June 2014.
4 January 2016 in its report, the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons said that all of the chemicals removed from Syria in 2014, destroyed. However, it was reported that the organization is still unable to access some former production facilities of Syrian chemical weapons.
In December 2016, the Syrian authorities reported the transfer of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons evidence on the use of chemical weapons by militants.