The United Nations Secretary General has said the findings of a report to the Security Council made for "chilling" reading and confirmed "overwhelming and indisputable" evidence that the nerve gas sarin was used in an attack on a rebel-held district in the capital Damascus.
Ban Ki-Moon said the findings of the report on chemical weapons use in Syria provided proof of a "war crime and a grave violation" of international law.
ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:
Foreign Secretary William Hague said the report to the UN Security Council was "consistent" with everything that the UK Government believed had happened in the chemical weapons attack in the area east of Damascus on August 21.
The UN report confirmed:
- The majority of rockets or rocket fragments found at the Syria attack site carried traces of sarin
- 85 per cent of blood samples taken by UN inspectors from the Syria attack site tested positive for sarin
- Chemical weapons were used on a large scale in Syria.