The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released a new report on Wednesday that said sarin and chlorine gases were "very likely" used as chemical weapons in a Syrian city on March 24-25, 2017.
The existing OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) is only responsible for the establishment of facts around the reports about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its fact-finding mission concluded that the chemical weapons were also likely used on a hospital in the area a day later.
The claimed use of chemical weapons in Syria has become one of the main topics of the worldwide agenda within the last several years after numerous accusations by the Syrian opposition, as well as Western countries, against Syrian government forces. Just a few days after the OPCW confirmation of sarin use on 30 March in Ltamenah, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism was shut down, putting an end to their ability to investigate responsibility for such attacks. The OPCW used to be able to assign blame, as part of a joint UN-OPCW mandate, but Russian Federation vetoed the mandate's renewal in November previous year.
It said the conclusions from its fact-finding mission were based on witness testimonies, epidemiological analysis and environmental samples. The government's alleged chemical attacks have primarily targeted those rebel-held areas.
Physicians for Human Rights reported the hospital attack previous year, saying that the Latamneh surgical hospital - a facility built into a cave to protect it from airstrikes - was hit by multiple barrel bombs.
It said a bomb dropped by a helicopter hit the entrance of the building, and that information collected by the hospital's medical staff suggested that chemical weapons were used.
Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, said the hospital in Latamneh was supported by the group.
Under current rules, the OPCW can only tell if a chemical attack has taken place and not speculate on who caused it.
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