Vastavam web: Sarin nerve agent was used in an ‘incident’ at a northern Syrian village in late March, five days before the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhun, the world’s chemical watchdog said today.”Analysis of samples collected (by the OPCW) relates to an incident that took place again in the northern part of Syria on the 30th of March this year,” the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told AFP in an exclusive interview.
Two days after Khan Sheikhun incident in which at least 83 people died, the United States fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase from which it said the attack was launched.But Uzumcu said sarin had been used in a village called Al-Lataminah, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Khan Sheikun on March 30.”What we know at the moment is not much. Fifty people were reportedly injured. There were no deaths reported,” he said.Syria’s government has denied involvement and claims it no longer possesses chemical weapons after a 2013 agreement under which it pledged to surrender its chemical arsenal.
The OPCW earlier this year presented a report confirming sarin gas was used in the attack at Khan Sheikhun, but did not assign blame.Damascus has refuted the claims saying “Syria has not and will not use toxic gases against its people because it does not have them.”