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Syria: Chemical Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6715, tabled on 6 April 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of chemical weapons attacks that have been perpetrated against the people of Syria in the present conflict.

Answered on

19 April 2017

There have been numerous allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria in the present conflict, with over 250 attacks alleged since the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta in August 2013. The Joint Investigative Mechanism, a joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons body established by the UN Security Council, looked at nine specific cases from 2014 and 2015 in detail. It attributed responsibility to the Syrian regime in three cases and to Daesh in one. The vast majority of reported chemical weapons use involves allegations of attacks by the Syrian regime, largely consistent with regime capabilities and with incidents the Joint Investigation Mechanism has attributed to the regime.