Sarin gas used in Syria - watchdog

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Sarin gas used in Syria - watchdog

<p>The world’s chemical weapons watchdog says the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an attack in northern Syria in April that killed dozens of people.</p> <p>A report from the fact-finding team has been circulated to members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (<span class="caps">OPCW</span>) in The Hague.</p> <p>The report has not been made public.</p> <h3><strong>What does the report say?</strong></h3> <p>After interiewing witnesses and examining samples, a fact-finding mission (<span class="caps">FFM</span>) of the <span class="caps">OPCW</span> concluded that “a large number of people, some of whom died, were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance.”</p> <p>“It is the conclusion of the <span class="caps">FFM</span> that such a release can only be determined as the use of sarin, as a chemical weapon,” the report says in its summary.</p> <h3><strong>Where was the attack?</strong></h3> <p>In the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Idlib province on April the 4th.</p> <p>It was the most deadly in Syria’s civil war in almost three years.</p> <p>It prompted a US missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washingto said was used to launch the strike.</p>