Kerry: ‘we know Syria used sarin gas in Damascus attack’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation in Syria at the State Department in Washington, August 30, 2013. (Reuters)

Samples obtained by Washington prove that Syria used sarin gas in a Damascus attack that killed hundreds of civilians, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told NBC and CNN on Sunday.

Kerry said that hair and blood samples given to the United States from emergency workers at the scene of the attack that took place on Aug. 21 in Damascus show signs of the powerful sarin nerve gas, Agence France-Presse.

He highlighted that the U.S. administration knows “that the [Syrian] regime ordered this attack.”

He added: “We know they prepared for it. We know where the rockets came from. We know where they landed.”

“We know the damage that was done afterwards. We’ve seen the horrific scene all over the social media, and we have evidence of it in other ways, and we know that the regime tried to cover up afterwards.”

He also dubbed the finding as “a very important recent development,” and voiced confidence that the U.S. Congress “will do what is right” by approving a limited strike Syria requested by President Barack Obama in a televised address on Saturday.

“In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States and that have now been tested from first responders in East Damascus, (that) hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin.”

He urged his former colleagues in Congress to give Obama the green-light for strikes against Assad’s regime.

(With AFP)

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