A suspected chemical weapons attack which left more than 70 dead in a rebel-held town shows war crimes continue in Syria, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.
“The horrific events of yesterday demonstrate unfortunately that war crimes are going on in Syria (and that) international humanitarian law is being violated frequently,” Guterres said while addressing the Syria aid conference in Brussels.
He added that he was “confident the UN Security Council will live up to its responsibilities.”
Russia backed Bashar al-Assad and said that Tuesday’s incident happened after a Syrian air strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” containing “toxic substances.”
“The arsenal of chemical weapons” was destined for fighters in Iraq, the Russian defence ministry said, adding that the information was “completely reliable and objective.”
USA, France and Britain submitted a draft resolution demanding a full investigation into the incident.
At least 72 civilians including 20 children died in the chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province in the northwest.