Russia releases key findings on chemical attack near Aleppo
On March 19th, 2013 a horrendous chemical attack occurred in Khan al-Assal near the city of Aleppo in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the result of the attack was 26 deaths and 86 injuries. Of those who were killed, 16 were believed to be government soldiers, and 10 were civilians.
Chemical Attack Details Released by the Russians
In the immediate aftermath, the Syrian government and its opposition blamed each other, neither with clear evidence or documents to prove their claims. Investigations kept being a delay to wrangling amongst different groups; the Syrian government decided to get Russia involved and ask them if they would use some of their specialists to look into the attack.
Soon after getting involved the Russian Foreign Ministry released their findings. They handed over a 100-page report to the United Nations with their findings. Statements were also put out, to sum up Russia's findings.
The samples recovered from the site of the deadly attack had been analyzed by the professional investigators who found that a projectile containing nerve agent sarin was most probably hired at Khan al-Assal, with the likely perpetrators being the rebels.
Here is a quote directly from the statement that was released. It drew attention to the "massive stove-piping of various information aimed at placing the responsibility for the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria on Damascus, even though the results of the UN investigation have not yet been revealed." By that the ministry means the way is probably being paved for some military action against Damascus.
These sort of attacks are truly horrible, and the mind boggles the way humans treat each other. The suffering is very real with people dying every single day due to war. Getting the real truth in situations like chemical warfare is difficult, especially in such an environment. Fortunately, experts from all over the world are willing to get involved, but that often doesn't lead to justice as is the case in this horrific incident.