Bellingcat: There is unequivocal evidence of Syria accountability for himataki and the fabrication of alternative versions of the Russian Federation

Russia vetoed the extension of the mandate of the Joint Mechanism of Investigation (CMP) of the United Nations in the security Council of the United Nations, as a new report SMR on the chemical attacks in Syria shows that there is unambiguous evidence about the Syria accountability for the use of sarin in Khan Sheyhun, and the alternative version proposed by the Syrian and Russian authorities, were fabricated. This was written by an international group Bellingcat.

«In the 39-page report discusses in detail two chemical attack: use of sarin in Khan Sheyhun April 4, and the use of mustard gas by ISIS militants in the village of Umm Hosh in September 2016. After reports of the Mission fact-finding confirmed the application in any of the incidents of chemical weapons, the goal of CMP was to establish a responsible for these attacks,» said international investigators.

They noted that IDA has described in detail the mechanism of the investigation. And to determine the responsibility for the attack clarified use of chemical weapons of each incident.

On the incident in Khan shaykhun CMP examined eight scenarios of the incident, and then thoroughly investigated the version with a delivery of sarin bomb and the spread of toxic substances in the detonation of an improvised explosive device on the ground.

«Also investigated a third scenario, the release of chemicals in the bombing of buildings in Khan Sheyhun, various variants of which were proposed… in the original statements of Syria and Russia,» write the investigators.

In the CMP noted that it was well documented at the time of the air strike of the medical item which was provided to the victims himataki and no signs of chemical weapons storage was not observed. Taken in the place of the alleged stock of sarin samples also showed the presence of traces of toxic substances or its decomposition products.

Study of alternative version on the explosion of a shell with sarin on the ground, actively promoted the Syrian government and Russia, also referred to as unlikely.

«There are only the script of the Syrian air force airstrike on Khan Sheyhun with sarin. CMP cites various evidence of such a scenario. Most of them correspond to previously conducted investigations open sources, reports from the event and the work of the Mission fact-finding,» writes Bellingcat.

The panel noted that the most noteworthy chemical analysis of samples from Khan shaykhun.

«The report shows that the Syrian sarin is a binary method via the reaction of methylphosphonyldifluoride (DF) with isopropyl alcohol (iPrOH) in the presence of hexamine. Den Kaszeta 2013 expressed theories on the role of hexamine in the production of Syrian sarin. The presence of this substance in the places where sarin was used points to the involvement of the Syrian authorities to chemical attack. In the analysis of the SMR specify multiple «substances-markers» associated with the use of DF, which also indicates the involvement of the Syrian authorities for the attack in Khan Sheyhun», – stressed in the Bellingcat.

They added that the preliminary examination of reports of previous incidents with the spread of sarin in the Syrian Arab Republic has shown that the presence in environmental samples of some substances-markers requires further study. This may be due to the veto by Russia in the UN security Council to further investigate these incidents concluded in an international group of investigators.

24 October, Russia had used the veto during voting in the UN security Council to extend the mandate of the mission to investigate chemical attacks in Syria. During the voting it was supported by Bolivia, China abstained.

In September the independent international Commission on investigation of events in Syria released a report stating that the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this year, at least four times used chemical weapons.

«The most serious incident» the experts had called a chemical attack in Khan Sheyhun in Idlib province in April that killed at least 83 people, including 28 children and 23 women. The Commission recalled that the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has determined that, in Idlib, was used sarin, or equivalent.

In 2011, the Commission has documented 33 cases of use of chemical weapons, among them 22 troops of President Assad.

Bellingcat: There is unequivocal evidence of Syria accountability for himataki and the fabrication of alternative versions of the Russian Federation 11.11.2017

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