Turkish FM says tests on Syrians show signs of chemical weapons use

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Tests have been conducted on Syrian casualties, which arrived in Turkey, with results suggesting chemical weapons may have been used by Syrian security forces, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday.

Ahmet Davutoglu, who spoke from the Jordanian capital, said further tests were being conducted in order to verify the recent evidence.

“We have been making tests and we have some indications regarding chemical weapons being used, but in order to make sure and verify we are continuing these tests and will be sharing these tests with U.N. agencies,” Davutoglu was reported saying by Reuters.

Meanwhile, Britain on Thursday said it believed it was “very likely” the Syrian government used chemical arms. However, the British prime minister said there was no proven evidence Syrian opposition fighters used such weapons.

“Our assessment is that chemical weapons use in Syria is very likely to have been initiated by the regime,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron as quoted by Reuters.

“We have no evidence to date of opposition use,” he said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and opposing rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons.

Washington has long said it views the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line”. But, wary of the false intelligence that was used to justify the 2003 war in Iraq, the United States says it wants proof before taking any action.

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