UN Secretary-General ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by reported chemical weapons attack in Syria

NEW YORK, — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply disturbed by the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an air strike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria, killing scores of civilians on Tuesday.

“The United Nations is not currently in a position to independently verify these reports,” said a statement released by Guterres’ spokesperson.

According to the statement, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, fact-finding mission announced that it has begun gathering information to attempt to confirm if chemical weapons were used.

Guterres recalls that the Security Council previously determined that the use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security and is a grave violation of international law.

Source: Emirates News Agency