Sarin or similar used in Idlib: watchdog

A civilian breathes through an oxygen mask at al-Quds hospital, after a hospital and a civil defence group said a gas, what they believed to be chlorine, was dropped alongside barrel bombs on a neighbourhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syria, early August 11, 2016.

The US military's Central Command spokesman Colonel John Thomas said that Shayrat's runways were deliberately avoided because the United States was trying to draw a clear line that its military action was in response to the suspected chemical attack, and not signal a willingness to get more involved in Syria's brutal civil war.

Its ally Russian Federation, meanwhile, said an air strike hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions - but this suggestion has been widely rejected.

The US has not ruled out additional strikes against the regime should it opt to use chemical weapons in the future.

Regarding the process of reconciliation in this nation of the Levant, Shabaan stressed that such a program is 'the best and safest route to restoring peace in Syria'.

Shaba'an said the U.S. strike wasn't a military, but a political message, adding that the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is "stronger than ever".

'Despite the media war in the West, the Syrian national army is determined to continue its fight against terrorism until it releases the last handful of land in the country, ' she said. At least 87 people were killed in the town on that day.

A senior military official told reporters that the Israeli intelligence estimates that Assad has "between 1 and 3 tons" of chemical weapons.

The Assad regime in 2013 agreed to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal after an attack on an opposition-held Damascus suburb earlier that year killed hundreds and prompted worldwide outrage.

Syria has repeatedly denied it was behind the attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Israel welcomed the strike on its northern neighbor. During the six-year conflict, Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines, carrying out occasional air strikes against what it says is the movement of weapons to Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

It was the first time U.S. forces had directly attacked government forces in the six-year civil war.

Johnson said United Kingdom had already been informed about U.S. President Donald Trump's order to bomb the airbase used to launch a suspected chemical attack but Britain was not involved in it.

The chemical weapons were shipped outside Syria and destroyed overseas, with the most toxic material disposed of at sea aboard a US ship.

The move came as OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu said Wednesday that "incontrovertible" OPCW test results had shown sarin gas or a similar substance were used in the attack.

"One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack".

The results of the analysis reached by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission concur with those of other analyses conducted in Turkish and British laboratories.

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