U.N. report finds Syrian regime, Islamic State used chemical weapons

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A report to the U.N. Security Council found that both the Syrian government and the Islamic State terror group have used chemical weapons on civilians.

An investigation was carried out in nine selected cases where chemical weapons are believed to have been used. An investigative body was established by the Security Council in August last year to identify “individuals, entities, groups, or governments involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical,” in Syria.

The findings of the report will be made available to the public after the Security Council’s consideration. The Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State are both accused of carrying out the chemical weapons attacks. Assad’s regime is accused of conducting indiscriminate barrel bomb attacks in civilian areas.

Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 people have died in the conflict so far.

The United Nations previously confirmed the use of both mustard and chlorine gas in Syria. Sulfur mustard gas can cause skin blistering, blindness, internal and external hemorrhaging and lung failure.

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