March 3, 2017: The OPCW says it is examining allegations of eight toxic gas attacks in Syria since the beginning of the year.
The Syrian government has denied the team access to the territory it controls.
"In al-Jina, Aleppo, forces of the United States of America failed to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian objects when attacking a mosque, in violation of global humanitarian law", stated the report, adding that about two dozen people were killed. Afterwards, at least 17 civilians were taken hostage by armed groups, while others remain missing.
"Government forces continued to deliberately target civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons against civilians in opposition-held areas".
The UN war crimes investigators said Wednesday that they had evidence Syrian government forces were behind a chemical attack which killed dozens of people in Khan Sheikhun in April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Aircraft used by Syrian and Russian forces were observed in the area of the medical facility at the time of the attack, according to the report's authors.
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In Idlib, Hamah and eastern Ghouta, Syrian forces also used weaponised chlorine. The Syrian president denies using chemical weapons on his own people. Perpetrators had not been identified yet in six early attacks, they said.
The panel also said us air strikes on a mosque in Al-Jina in rural Aleppo in March that killed 38 people, including children, failed to take precautions in violation of worldwide law, but did not constitute a war crime.
Investigations are ongoing into allegations that worldwide coalition airstrikes, carried out as part of the on-going offensive to repel ISIL from ar-Raqqah, have resulted - and continue to result - in increasingly alarming numbers of civilians casualties.
The report also highlighted civilian deaths caused by US coalition strikes in its fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), including the series of strikes on a prayer hall next to a mosque in Aleppo, which resulted in dozens of civilian deaths, including children, on March 16.
Russian Federation has also insisted that investigators be chosen from around the world.
The report mentions violations of basic global humanitarian and human rights laws by Syrian government as well as various opposition factions. States with influence over the warring parties have a particular role to play in finding an effective, political solution to the conflict.