There is now evidence that the bomb dropped in Khan Sheikhoun contained illegal chemicals. According to doctors who observed the symptoms of the victims, it was most likely sarin gas or a similar nerve agent. As mentioned earlier Sarin is a nerve agent that kills its victims by asphyxiation, that means that the victim suffocates due to the inability to control the muscles involved in breathing functions. Initial symptoms following exposure is a runny nose, tightness in the chest and constriction of the pupils. 1 to 10 minutes after inhalation the victim will die. Sarin gas is a very potent killer because a victim's clothing can release sarin for about 30 min after it has come in contact with sarin gas, which can lead to exposure of rescue workers.
Assad's news agency claim that they used regular bombs that hit a chemical bomb factory used by the opposition. The probability of that is rather slim, first no opposition group will store both agents needed to make a chemical bomb in the same factory, the risk of accidents are too high, secondly, if it was so, the probability of both agents to react correctly in a shelling is practically like zero. One of the precursors in sarin gas bombs is isopropyl alcohol if hit by a bomb it will go up in a ball of flames. And thirdly, if Assad's forces knew that there was a chemical bomb factory and they hit it deliberately, it is a war crime.The most likely reason for this crime is that Assad was ordered by the IRGC. The IRGC was suffering heavy losses in this area and the revolutionists were gaining ground, they were about to lose the area and needed a leverage. The losses of the IRGC was so high that on March, 31, four days before the chemical attack, Qassem Soleimani visited the IRGC forces in Hama area to boost their Morale. So the claim that Assad was bombing KhanSheikhoun on orders from IRGC is not so far-fetched as it seems.
|Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack|
|Qassem Soleimani visited the IRGC forces in Hama|
Chemical weapons – here are the facts. pic.twitter.com/SeQUWJWxy1— ICRC (@ICRC) April 6, 2017