Investigation underway of Syrian Rebel's alleged use of chemical weapons
"Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated," a lead investigator said, according to Reuters.
The investigators have been interviewing civil war medical staff in Syria to see if alleged chemical weapon use can be confirmed and what this means for the Rebels moving forward if it is confirmed. The Syrian Rebels have been supported by the international community since the beginning of the war over two years ago to help support a post-Assad Syria, Reuters reports.
Sarin, the alleged chemical nerve agent used, is "the most volatile chemical agent," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When used as a weapon in either liquid or gas form, the body cannot 'turn off' muscles and glands, eventually causing the body to overwork itself and halt breathing, if a person is exposed for a long enough time.
The Chemical Weapons Convention, to which most countries around the world are members, prohibits the use of chemical weapons and urges member states to punish anyone that uses the inhumane weapons. If Syrian Rebels are found to have used chemical weapons, there may be a huge shift in their international support, Reuters reports.