Åke Sellström is a Swedish expert and veteran weapons inspector. Photo: Scanpix

Swedish weapons inspector confirms nerve gas used in Damascus

Åke Sellström, the head of the United Nation's weapons inspection team, has handed over evidence to  UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon confirming that the lethal nerve gas known as sarin was used in Damascus in August.

Environmental samples confirm that the gas was used on a relatively large scale against civilians and children and that it was spread by rockets.

The investigation did not aim to find out who was responsible for the attacks but only whether chemical weapons were used in Damascus or not.

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