The U.N. panel investigating claims of human rights abuses in Syria walked back on Monday reports that it has evidence of sarin use by the rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The clarification comes after panel member Carla Del Ponte told Swiss-Italian television on Sunday that U.N. experts have “strong, concrete suspicions, but not yet incontrovertible proof, of the use of sarin gas” by rebel groups. A growing number of countries – including Israel, France and Britain – say they believe government forces have used such weapons, which would violate President Obama’s “red line” and could prompt greater U.S. involvement in the two-year-old civil war.

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