Human Right Watch says Syria used chemical weapons in April

Global News

BEIRUT – 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.

The 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.

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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.

“These attacks used an industrial chemical as a weapon, an act banned by…

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