The results of the tests showed that Khan Sheyhun (the Syrian province of Idlib), was used sarin or similar substance. This is stated in the press release, published on Wednesday, April 19, the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW).
«The results of the tests showed that the victims were exposed to sarin or substances similar to it» – leads TASS words of the Director General of the OPCW Ahmet üzümcü.
Recall that on 4 April 2017 in an airstrike and subsequent chemical contamination in Khan Sheyhun, in Idlib province, killed about 90 people (including 30 children), about 560 were hospitalized with poisoning, wounds and injuries. The US blamed the chemical attack on the Assad regime. The defense Ministry claimed that the Syrian air force bombed a weapons warehouse belonging to terrorists, and this has led to the contamination. Moscow later declared that careful investigation of the incident before imposing any versions and accusations.
On the night of 7 April, the destroyers of the US Navy and Ross Porter has released 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase Shirt, located approximately 30 km from the city of HOMS. Shayrat air base was chosen as the object of a missile attack, because its Syrian aircraft used for flights on military operations in Idlib.
According to the Ministry of defense, 58 of the 59 cruise missiles struck the target. Two high-ranking representative of the military command, said on CNN that the missile strike was eliminated about 20 aircraft of the Syrian air force. Later, the Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis said that as a result of the missile strike on the airbase Shirt was destroyed 20% of the aircraft that were used by the Syrian air force. Also provided evaluation of the U.S. Department of defense, according to which the missile attack also caused significant damage to the air defense system fuel supply air bases and ammunition depots.
U.S. Department of defense emphasized that the missile attack was a response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians and that Syrian authorities will continue to be more careful with making decisions about such attacks.