Chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian conflict, according to the final report by UN chemical weapons inspectors, which was presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday.
According to the report, the weapons were used in a widely publicised attack in the Ghouta area of Damascus on August 21 and probably in four other locations - Khan al Assal, Jobar, Saraqeb and Ashrafiah Sahnaya - between March and late August.
The UN chief said: "The use of chemical weapons is a grave violation of international law, an affront to our shared humanity. We need to remain vigilant to ensure that these awful weapons are eliminated, not only in Syria, but everywhere."
The report did not determine whether the government or opposition were responsible for the alleged attacks. It will now be sent to members of the UN Security Council.