'Convincing evidence' of Syria chemical attack, say UN inspectors
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - United Nations inspectors said on Monday there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.
The inspectors said “the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used... in the Ghouta area of Damascus” on Aug 21. The report mentioned the areas of Ein Tarma, Moadamiyeh and Zamalka.
"The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic... against civilians including children on a relatively large scale," the inspectors said on the first page of their report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
Mr Ban is scheduled to present the report to the UN Security Council on Monday. The Associated Press saw the first page of the report.