The United Nations released their anticipated report today on whether chemical weapons were used in Syria on August 21, 2013. The answer is yes. But the report does not say whether the Assad Army or the Rebel forces used the chemical weapons.
The UN report does say that “chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale.”
Weather conditions maximized "their potential impact as the heavy gas can stay close to the ground and penetrate into lower levels of buildings and constructions where many people were seeking shelter.” according to the UN report.
The report says that rockets armed with the banned chemical nerve agent Sarin were used in a mass killing near Damascus on Aug. 21. The 38 page UN report has pictures and diagrams of the “surface to surface rockets” used in the chemical attack.
The medical portion of the report concluded that “blood and urine specimens provide definitive evidence of exposure to Sarin by a large proportion of the survivor".
The United Nations inspectors were not tasked with determining responsibility as to whether the chemical weapons were used by the Syrian Army or the Rebel forces, they were tasked with determining if chemical weapons were indeed used, and to that end, there is no question.
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