Assad-regimet har brukt klorgass og ammoniakk åtte ganger i løpet av tre uker i april, viser prøver som Telegraph har fått analysert.
Det er i direkte strid med konvensjonen mot kjemiske våpen som Syria har undertegnet.
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon sender et team til Syria for å undersøke mistankene. Norge ga OPCW Fredsprisen for 2013. Burde det forplikte regjeringen til å følge opp?
Assad-regimet har forpliktet seg til å utlevere alle kjemiske våpen, men fortsetter altså med utradisjonelle, men likevel dødelige, midler,
In the last two weeks alone there have been eight separate chemical attacks on rebel held towns and villages in Idlib province.
The Syrian government has denied the claim that it is using chemical weapons again as a “baseless allegation” with some critics, including Russia, claiming the attacks could have been mounted by the rebels themselves to trigger international intervention.
But chemical tests conducted with The Telegraph now confirm that chlorine gas and ammonia have been used in Idlib, and that the toxins came from barrels that were dropped from helicopters.
This newspaper obtained soil samples collected from sites of chemical attacks inside Syria by Dr Ahmad – a medic whose real identity cannot be revealed for his own protection – who had previously received training in sample collection by western chemical weapons experts. Mr de Bretton-Gordon, a British chemical weapons expert and director of Secure Bio, a private company, was one of the trainers.
This week Dr Ahmad passed on soil samples taken from the attacks that happened on April 11 and 18 in Kafr Zita, and on the 21 April. There was also a sample from an attack last week in the village of Talmenes which killed at least three people.
Bruken av klor er på linje med bruken av tønnebomber, som veltes ut over sivile områder. Assad-regimet har ingen skrupler i krigføringen.
Hvilken betydning har det hatt at USA unnlot å bombe Syria for sarin-angrepet mot Damaskus 21. august i fjor?