Syria used sarin gas in Khan Sheikhoun - France

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Syria used sarin gas in Khan Sheikhoun - France

<p>France’s foreign minister says samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “undoubtedly” used sarin nerve gas in an attack in northern Syria on April 4. </p> <p>“We know, from a certain source, that the process of fabrication of the samples taken is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories,” <strong>Jean-Marc Ayrault</strong> told reporters.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> French intelligence blames Syrian regime for 'chemical attack'</p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/857145816003248128">26 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“This method is the signature of the regime and it is what enables us to establish the responsibility of the attack.”</p> <p>“We know because we kept samples from the previous attacks that we were able to use for comparison.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">France says samples from April 4 Syria chemical attack prove government used sarin: minister <a href="https://t.co/Joipv0SkWD">https://t.co/Joipv0SkWD</a></p>— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/857149153415241730">26 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>What happened?</strong></h3> <p>The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun kille scores of people.</p> <p>It prompted the US to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in response.</p> <p>It was Washington’s first direct assault on the Assad government in the conflict.</p>