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Chlorine Used in February Attack in Syria, Finds OPCW

Chlorine Used in February Attack in Syria, Finds OPCW

The experts of the Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons have not yet rendered a verdict on the probable use of poison gas in the Syrian city of Duma in April of this year.

An OPCW fact-finding mission for Syria "determined that chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighbourhood of Saraqib", the organisation said in a statement.

They said they had "determined that chlorine was released from cylinders" in the attack and found an "unusual presence of chlorine in the local environment".

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said, "I strongly condemn the continued use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any reason, and in any circumstances".

To the OPCW, added that the mandate of MOFS is to establish the facts of use of chemical weapons or toxic chemicals and is not meant to establish responsibility for the alleged attack.

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Eleven people had to be treated for breathing difficulties on Feb 4 after Syrian government raids on the town of Saraqeb, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at the time.

Though the OPCW, per its usual mandate, does not suggest a responsible party, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been accused of launching the strike.

The OPCW does not have the power to attribute responsibility for attacks, and the United Nations body that did have the power to attribute blame has been closed after Russian Federation used its veto to block the renewal of its mandate. His regime denies the allegations.

At least eight civilians were killed and 40 others injured in the attack on the opposition-held town in Idlib province.

The workforce exhumed our bodies and gathered greater than 100 environmental samples now being analysed in several OPCW-designated labs. "Such actions are in direct conflict with the unequivocal prohibition on the use of toxic substances contained in the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons". It now brings together 33 states and organizations which, through their membership, have expressed their rejection of impunity for those who develop and use chemical weapons.


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