Chemical weapons reports in Syria prompts UN response

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. | Courtesy of the UN
A spokesperson released a statement on behalf of United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday regarding the disturbing nature of continued reports of chemical weapon attacks in Syria.

The release states that the UN condemns the use of these weapons by either party of the conflict occurring in Syria. In the statement , the UN Security Council's resolution 2235 (2015) has been unanimously adopted which states that continued use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated and that action will be taken by the international community.

A recent report from Doctors Without Borders states that a family of four had been treated in their hospital in Syria following what is believed to be a chemical attack this past week. The patients reported that a mortar piece entered their home and expelled a yellow gas on Aug. 21. Following this, they reported symptoms of chemical exposure that included respiratory difficulty, blisters and inflammation of the skin and eyes.

Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have submitted recommendations to the UN Security Council relating to a joint investigative mechanism between the UN and OPCW.

The report also urges all parties in the Syrian Arab Republic cooperate with the joint investigation.