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21 April 2017, 02:59 | Erica Roy
Syria President Bashar Assad said that his government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrians, and all the chemical weapons which had been stored by the government before the deadly incident in East Gouta in 2013 had been destroyed under the OPCW's supervision.
The finding supported earlier testing by Turkish and British laboratories.
The director general for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, said Wednesday that analysis of samples from victims of the Khan Sheikhoun attack showed "incontrovertible" results that "sarin or a sarin-like substance" was used in the attack.
A USA official says that Syria has moved all of the aircraft from the airbase that was struck by US missiles two weeks ago to an airbase used by Russian Federation for missions within Syria.
"Bio-medical samples from seven individuals undergoing treatment at hospitals".
Assad said in an interview with the Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday that the U.N. has not sent anyone yet and blamed Western nations and the United States in particular for not allowing the experts to travel to Syria. AP said the officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules.
The US responded to the attack by launching air strikes on a Syrian military airfield. One official added that Israel estimates that Assad still has "between one and three tons" of chemical weapons.
After Moscow initially said a Syrian air strike had struck a "terrorist warehouse" containing "toxic substances", Russian President Vladimir Putin last week accused Assad's opponents of planning to stage chemical attacks to lure Washington deeper into the conflict.
Assad has strongly denied he was behind the attack in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's northern Idlib province, and has accused the opposition of trying to frame his government.
While the amounts of chemical weapons Assad kept weren't known, OPCW continued reporting on the use of chemical weapons by the regime, even some which Assad had pledged to surrender. According to USA estimates, more than 1,000 people were killed.
A senior military official told reporters that the Israeli intelligence estimates that Assad has "between one and three tons" of chemical weapons.
Former Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat said the Syrian government still possessed hundreds of tons of chemical weapons.
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