Syria: chlorine probably used in attack on Saraqeb - OPCW

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

The mission of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons fact-finding use of chemical weapons in Syria (MOFS) confirmed that the city of Saraqib (Idlib) could be applied to the chlorine. "Such acts contradict the unequivocal prohibition against chemical weapons enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention".

"Apparently, the incident on 4 February this year, as chemical weapons were used chlorine, which was sprayed in the air from the cylinders as a result of mechanical influence", - noted in the organization.

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

Investigators had "determined that chlorine was released from cylinders" in the Ali Talil neighborhood of Saraqeb in the northern province of Idlib.

Samples taken from the soil, canisters and impact sites tested positive for other chemicals, bearing the "markers of the Syrian regime", said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a biological and chemical weapons expert working in Syria.

Kristen Stewart rebels against Cannes' 'heels-only' policy
Well, this year Kristen put her money where her mouth is and literally kicked off her heels in front of the world's media. The high split of her gown allowed her to show off her lean legs, which were elongated by a pair of silver heels.

The team exhumed bodies as well as gathering over 100 environmental samples which are being analyzed in different OPCW-designated labs.

"I strongly condemn the use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any reason, and in any circumstances", said OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu.

The FFM's mandate is to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons have been used in Syria; it does not include identifying who is responsible for alleged attacks.

The statement said Tuesday's report was shared with parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and forwarded to the UN Security Council. Russian Federation said the whole attack was faked on video footage by United Kingdom intelligence-funded Syrians. The French government is due to hold a ministerial-level conference in Paris on Friday to build an alliance of countries determined to reconstruct an accountability mechanism for chemical weapons use, if necessary outside the confines of the UN.

The Syrian government has been accused multiple times of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on civilians since the civil war began in 2011.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article