New tests indicate sarin used in Syria attack
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New tests indicate sarin used in Syria attack

Assessment by chemical weapons watchdog reinforces findings from Britain and Turkey

Turkish officials with chemical clothes carry an injured man on April 4, 2017 in Hatay province, near the Syrian border. (AFP/Dogan News Agency)
Turkish officials with chemical clothes carry an injured man on April 4, 2017 in Hatay province, near the Syrian border. (AFP/Dogan News Agency)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Britain’s delegation to the chemical weapons watchdog said its director has told a meeting that tests indicate that sarin or a similar toxin was used in an April 4 attack in Syria that killed nearly 90 people.

In a tweet Wednesday, the UK delegation said Ahmet Uzumcu, the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, made the statement at the opening of a closed-door meeting of the OPCW’s executive council, which was discussing the attack.

Turkish and British tests also have concluded that sarin or a substance similar to the deadly nerve agent was used.

The United States blamed the chemical attack, on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, on the government and fired nearly 60 missiles at a Syrian air base in response.

Syria’s government denies the allegations. The OPCW had no immediate comment.

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