by Cécile FEUILLATRE
PARIS, France – French intelligence companies have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was answerable for a suspected chemical assault that killed 88 individuals, France’s international minister stated Wednesday.
Jean-Marc Ayrault stated evaluation of samples taken on the scene of the April four assault in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, wherein 31 youngsters have been among the many useless, confirmed “there is no doubt that sarin gas was used” and that it was produced by Syrian laboratories.
“There is no doubt about the responsibility of the Syrian regime given the way that the sarin used was produced,” Ayrault informed journalists after the report was offered at a gathering of French defence chiefs.
He stated the substance France believes was used within the assault comprises hexamine, a part that was additionally present in a fuel assault in Saraqib, northwest Syria, in 2013.
“We are able to confirm that the sarin used on April 4 is the same sarin that was used in an attack in Saraqib on April 29, 2013,” he stated.
Ayrault stated the chemical fingerprint is “typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories”.
“This (production) method bears the regime’s hallmarks and allows us to determine its responsibility for this attack,” he stated.
The report added that “the presence of hexamine indicates that this manufacturing process is that developed by the Scientific Studies and Research Centre for the Syrian regime”.
The report stated the evaluation was carried out by evaluating “environmental samples” discovered at Khan Sheikhun with unexploded ordnance discovered on the web site of the 2013 assault.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by his ally Russia, has strongly denied allegations that his forces used chemical weapons towards the city, describing it as a “100 percent fabrication”.
He has stated repeatedly that his forces turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, underneath a deal brokered by Russia to keep away from threatened US army motion.
That settlement was later enshrined in a UN Security Council decision.
In a coverage U-turn, US President Donald Trump ordered air strikes on the Syrian airbase from which Washington believes the assault was launched.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stated on Friday there was “no doubt” Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned Assad’s regime to not use them.
“There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis stated throughout a go to to Israel.
Mattis added that the Damascus regime could be “ill-advised to try to use any again”, including: “We’ve made that very clear with our strike.”
On Monday, the US authorities positioned 271 Syrian chemists from the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre and different officers on its monetary blacklist in response to their alleged position within the chemical weapons assault.
Washington says the SSRC was answerable for growing the alleged sarin fuel weapon.