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UN: 'Convincing Evidence' of Syria Chemical Attack

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U.N. inspectors say there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.
 
A report from the inspectors says "the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used ... in the Ghouta area of Damascus" on Aug. 21.
 
"The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic ... against civilians including children on a relatively large scale," the inspectors said on the first page of their report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
 
Ban is scheduled to present the report to the U.N. Security Council on Monday. The Associated Press saw the first page of the report.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the U.N. weapons inspectors' report on the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria indicates it was carried out by its regime.
 
The widely awaited U.N. report does not ascribe blame for the attack, but Fabius told RTL radio Monday evening: "When you look at the findings carefully, the quantities of toxic gas used, the complexity of the mixes, the nature and the trajectory of the (gas) carriers, it leaves absolutely no doubt as to the origin of the attack. ... It reinforces the position of those that have said the regime is guilty."
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Paris Monday with Fabius and their counterparts from Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia about a U.N. resolution about destroying Syria's chemical stockpile.  (AP)

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