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OPCW says autopsies of Syria victims show presence of sarin

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on April 19 that autopsies of the victims of the Khan Sheikhun attack showed the presence of sarin or a sarin-like substance.

“The results of these analyses from four OPCW designated laboratories indicate exposure to Sarin or a Sarin like substance. While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible,” OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said.

Biomedical samples collected from three victims’ autopsies and seven living individuals showed they were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance.

The fact-finding mission will submit its first report to the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention within two weeks, and a report will be made available to the OPCW-UN joint mission.

On April 13, the British delegation to the OPCW said samples tested by UK scientists had tested positive for sarin or a sarin-like substance.

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