Jun 06, 2013

    Syria samples test positive for sarin

    BRITAIN said yesterday that physiological samples from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas and there was growing information that the regime was using chemical weapons.

    "The material from inside Syria tested positive for sarin," a government spokesman said.

    "There is a growing body of limited but persuasive information showing that the regime used - and continues to use - chemical weapons, including sarin.

    "The room for doubt continues to diminish. This is extremely concerning.

    "Use of chemical weapons is a war crime. Assad must grant immediate and unrestricted access to the UN investigation team."

    He said Britain thought chemical-weapon use in Syria was "very likely" to have been by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    Meanwhile, state media said yesterday that Syria's army has overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, after a blistering offensive spearheaded by thousands of fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.