April 13, 2013
British military scientists have found forensic evidence that chemical weapons have been used in the conflict in Syria, the London based Times newspaper reported on Saturday.
A soil sample thought to have been taken from an area close to Damascus and smuggled back to Britain has provided proof that “some kind of chemical weapon” had been fired, it quoted defence sources as saying.
The tests were carried out at the British Ministry of Defence’s chemical and biological research establishment at Porton Down, it added in the front-page story.
Diplomats at the United Nations said on Thursday that western nations have “hard evidence” that chemical weapons have been used at least once in the Syrian war, without giving details.