Syria invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to check whether it is in Khan Sheikhun and at the Shayrat airbase of government troops, which was hit by the United States, said Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari.
“My country, in the context of the ongoing transparent cooperation with the OPCW, indeed sent a letter to the Director-General of the organization with a call to send a neutral, professional and impartial mission to both Khan-Sheikhun and Shayrat airbase in order to determine what happened in a comprehensive and transparent way. Syria declares its readiness to provide access for the mission to the Shayrat airbase to determine whether the sarin was used there and whether it was there for storage, “said Jaafari.
At the same time, he said, the terrorist group “Djebhat an Nusra” , which controls the area, should provide access to the mission to Khan-Sheikhun.
Later it became known that the OPCW sent experts to Turkey to investigate the alleged chemical attack in Idlib. The Turkish Health Ministry last week said that the autopsy of the people of the province, allegedly dead because of the chemical attack, showed the presence of sarin. Experts intend to collect biometric samples and interview survivors.
The Syrian opposition on April 4 said thet there are 80 dead and 200 people injured as a result of chemical weapons attack in Idlib, and accused the government troops, who resolutely denied involvement in the incident and laid the blame on the militants and their patrons. On the night of April 7, the US Armed Forces made a missile attack on the Syrian airfield Shayrat, unprovenly claiming that a chemical attack was conducted from it.