Syria: ‘Strong Evidence’ Assad troops used chemical weapons in April, says rights group

May 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

May 13, – Claim adds to growing concerns that Assad’s government is still using chemical weapons after hundreds killed in attack last year. A leading international human rights group said on Tuesday it has strong evidence that Syria’s army used chlorine gas on rebel-held neighbourhoods last month, dropping the canisters in crude bombs on residential areas.

hromedia Syria 'Strong Evidence' Assad troops used chemical weapons in April, says rights group arab uprising2The statement by the New-York based Human Rights Watch adds to growing concerns that chemical weapons are still being used in Syria — months after a chemical attack killed hundreds of civilians last August.

Human Rights Watch said forces loyal to President Bashar Assad likely used chlorine gas on three towns in northern Syria in mid-April, according to interviews with 10 witnesses, video footage and photographs.

“Evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs embedded with cylinders of chlorine gas on three towns,” said the group.

The New-York based group said chlorine canisters appear to have been embedded into crude explosive-laden barrels and dropped on rebel-held areas by military helicopters, according to interviews with witnesses, video footage and photographs.

The claim adds to growing concerns that Syria’s government is still using chemical weapons, months after a chemical attack killed hundreds of civilians last August.

In late April, the UN’s chemical watchdog said it would investigate the chlorine claims.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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