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Syria: Chemical Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL11819, tabled on 26 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on who was responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Aleppo on 25 November; and what action they intend to take if that attack is proved to be a chemical attack.

Answered on

6 December 2018

We are aware of reports of rockets allegedly containing a toxic substance being fired in Aleppo and are seeking further information. No fatalities have been reported. We call on all parties to support the experts of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as they look into these allegations. As a result of UK-led action, the OPCW is putting in place attribution arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. If the OPCW was to determine that a chemical weapon was used in this instance, it would be able to examine who was responsible. We condemn the use of chemical weapons in all circumstances and will continue to work with partners, including through the UN and OPCW, to ensure that the international norm against the use of chemical weapons is upheld.