On the 4 April 2017, there was an airstrike attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria, with over 70 civilians killed and many hundreds injured.
Responsibility is attributed to the Syrian government, although that is disputed by them.
There is also some dispute over whether chemical weapons - and in particular Sarin gas were:
- dropped in munitions by aircraft,
- accidentally spread after being hit by conventional munitions,
- deliberately spread on the ground as a false flag operation.
For example, this Bulgarian article describes a number of apparent anomalies. The translated claims are:
The chemical was not consistent with Sarin.
- In the videos from the location the rescuers are telling stories about how the victims smelled like the gas, but sarin is tasteless and odorless.
- The rescuers are touching the victims with bare hands. Sarin is so dangerous and toxic that in can absorb in the clothes/skin and if this was indeed a sarin attack the rescuers and the camera crew would die in a matter of minutes.
Rescuers were not wearing protective clothing, despite a special training session three weeks earlier by Western instructors in the same location.
One day before the event Orient TV, working and filming the same freedom fighters reported:
Tomorrow we are starting TV reports for multiple air strikes in Haza province, including for the use of chemical weapons (chlorine) against civilians.
Was the Syrian Army responsible for deaths due to sarin gas in Khan Shaykun?