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Syria government behind sarin gas attack in April: UN probe


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In the first UN report to officially blame Damascus, the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria said it had gathered an “extensive body of information” showing the Syrian airforce was behind the horrific sarin gas attack on April 4.

“All evidence available leads the Commission to conclude that there are reasonable grounds to believe Syrian forces dropped an aerial bomb dispersing sarin in Khan Sheikhun,” the report said. 

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Syria Gas Attack Kills Dozens


Scores of Syrians, many of them women and young children, were killed Tuesday in one of the deadliest chemical attacks of the country's six-year war, according to doctors, rescue workers and witnesses.

Airstrikes on the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun began just after daybreak, delivering an unidentified chemical agent that killed at least 58 people and filled clinics across the area with patients foaming at the mouth or struggling to breathe.

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Syrian Government Adopts Plan for Reconstruction of Aleppo.


The plan includes rehabilitation of utilities, industry, medical and educational institutions as well as strengthening of security, the state-run SANA news agency said.

The government set up a working group to monitor the implementation of the plan. Syrian government troops declared on December 22 they had suppressed the last pockets of resistance in Aleppo and took full control of it after years of fierce fighting with militants.

 

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French politicians row over Syria as Aleppo evacuation suspended


The Syrian government on Friday suspended the evacuation after about 1,000 people had been transported out of the stricken city.

Officials claimed that rebel fighters were leaving Aleppo with hostages.

A World Health Organisation official told the Reuters news agency that his organisation, along with the Red Cross and Red Crescent had been told to leave east Aleppo, the area that President Bashar al-Assad's army has seized from rebel groups.

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Syrian government, IS use of banned chemical weapons - watchdog


The executive body of the global chemical weapons watchdog voted on Friday to condemn the use of banned toxic agents by the Syrian government and by the militant group Islamic State, a source who took part in the closed session said.

Roughly two-thirds of the 41 members on the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), endorsed a text compiled by Spain, sources told Reuters.

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France and its partners will continue to put pressure on the Syrian government.


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France and its partners will continue to put pressure on the Syrian government and its allies toward a goal of ending violence in the besieged city of Aleppo, French Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre said before a UN Security Council meeting Monday regarding Syria.

"This is why, as we speak, France and its partners will keep up and increase it [the pressure] on the regime and its allies. That is exactly what we want in order to transform this political pressure into action to stop the bloodshed in Aleppo," Delattre said.

 

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