Russian MoD Slams HRW's 'Amateurish' Claims Syrian Army Used Chemical Weapons
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 19:59
The United States, Britain and France have been pressing the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on the Syrian government for using chemical weapons.
Human Rights Watch, however, said that the eight allegations they believe to have been credible suggest they were not isolated incidents but part of a coordinated policy by the military, noting hat each of the drops happened in the immediate prelude to a significant military advance into the same area. Ole Solvang, deputy director for emergencies at Human Rights Watch, details what the organization found.
Syria and its ally Russian Federation, which helped state troops in the Aleppo assault, have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the conflict. "And it is a strong indication then that senior military officers, the commanders of this military offensive in Aleppo, knew that chlorine was being used", he said.
The latest report of the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the chemical weapons use in Syria issued in October 2016 said that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons at least three times throughout 2014-2015.
"Now it is already February 2017 but it is not even discussed when the OPCW will finish its expert study of the obtained proofs of mustard gas use in Aleppo and identify the country, which transferred it to militants".
"The use of weapons of mass destruction constitute a war crime and a threat to peace".
"It is up to the Security Council to act".
The Syrian government has previously denied any chemical attacks. If inhaled, chlorine gas turns into hydrochloric acid in the lungs and can kill by burning lungs and drowning victims in the resulting body fluids.