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Syria chemical attack: Sarin gas was used in Khan Sheikhoun strike, says UK ambassador to UN

The Independent logo The Independent 12/04/2017 Samuel Osborne

Medical staff at Damascus Countryside Specialised Hospital hold placards condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun. © SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images Medical staff at Damascus Countryside Specialised Hospital hold placards condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun. British scientists have found sarin in samples taken from the site of an alleged chemical gas attack in Syria.

Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the UN Security Council samples taken from the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun and analysed by British scientists tested positive for sarin or a sarin-like substance.

"The United Kingdom therefore shares the US assessment that it is highly likely that the regime was responsible for a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April," Mr Rycroft told the UN Security Council.

The majority of the international community has blamed the attack, which killed 87 people including many children, on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey has also claimed to have found evidence of sarin gas use after testing the bodies of the victims.

The Syrian government has denied involvement in the toxic attack and blamed rebel groups.

Mr Rycroft previously said President Assad had been "put on notice" after US President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base in response to the chemical attack.

He called the strike "a proportionate response to unspeakable acts".

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