The use of chemical weapons by both sides in the Syrian civil war has led to the destruction of more than 100,000 homes and a massive refugee crisis in the country, according to a report by the UN’s humanitarian agency.
The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, released the findings of its Syria programme today, saying the conflict has left an estimated 1.5 million people homeless.
In the first 10 months of 2017, the number of Syrians displaced in the conflict reached 1.8 million, according the report.
UNHCR’s Director for Syria, Philip Luther, said the use of chlorine gas in densely populated cities like Damascus and Aleppo, as well as in rural areas, is a direct consequence of the conflict.
“The use of these agents is a major cause of civilian casualties, both civilian and military, in Syria,” Luther said.
“A direct and indiscriminate attack on a civilian population and the use by both parties of such agents constitutes war crimes.”
In April, the Syrian government and its allies carried out a chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan al-Assal, killing at least 120 people and wounding thousands more.
The attack killed about 1,000 people, according Reuters news agency.