Report on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in the Ghouta Area of Damascus on 21 August 2013

New York – The report by the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic concludes that “…on 21 August 2013, chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale.” 

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his profound shock and regret at the conclusion that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale, resulting in numerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children. The Secretary-General condemned in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons and believes that this act is a war crime and grave violation of the 1925 Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of
Bacteriological Methods of Warfare and other relevant rules of customary international
law.

The report has been sent to Member States and is now available online at: http://www.un.org/disarmament/