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Sun Aug 25, 2013, 01:03 PM

23. You mean like the chemical attack the UN believed the rebels launched that we dismissed?

That news wasn't very convenient so we brushed it aside.

Latest update: 06/05/2013

Syrian rebels 'used sarin gas', says UN’s del Ponte

UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte said on Sunday that evidence has emerged indicating that chemical weapons have been used by Syrian rebels.

Syrian rebels have used the deadly nerve agent sarin in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to evidence from victims and doctors, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte said.

“According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas,” del Ponte, a former Swiss war crimes prosecutor and a member of a UN commission of inquiry on Syria, said in an interview with Swiss Italian broadcaster RSI on Sunday.

She said there was “still not irrefutable proof, (but) very strong suspicions, concrete suspicions that sarin gas has been used. Assistance to victims shows this.”

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She said that as far as the UN commission had been able to determine, “sarin gas has been used ... by opponents,.”

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http://www.france24.com/en/20130506-syria-un-del-ponte-chemical-weapons-gas-rebels-assad


6 May 2013 Last updated at 15:06 GMT

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels 'used sarin'

Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests rebels have used the nerve agent, sarin, a leading member of a UN commission of inquiry has said.

Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof".

Ms Del Ponte did not rule out the possibility that government forces might also have used chemical weapons.

Later, the commission stressed that it had "not reached conclusive findings" as to their use by any parties.

"As a result, the commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time," a statement added.

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the statement was terse and shows that the UN was taken by surprise at Ms Del Ponte's remarks.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188

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