Syria: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms chlorine gas attack in Saraqeb

Подтверждена февральская атака хлором в Серакибе

A still image from a video said to be taken on August 1, 2016, shows a man breathing through a mask in what is said to be in Saraqeb, Syria.

Chlorine gas was likely used during an attack in Syria this past February, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed.

An investigation by the chemical weapons watchdog has found that chlorine is likely to have been used in an attack on a Syrian town in February.

The West blames for the chemical attack in Idlib on the Syrian troops.

Banned chlorine munitions were likely dropped on a Syrian neighborhood in February, an worldwide body on chemical weapons said on Wednesday, after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the toxic chemical.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released details of a report into the chlorine use on Wednesday.

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The FFM was set up in 2014 with an on-going mandate to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons have been used in Syria.

The conclusions on the Saraqib attack are based on the presence of two cylinders, which were determined as previously containing chlorine, witness testimony and environmental samples confirming "the unusual presence of chlorine", it said.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu resolutely denounced the use of toxic substances as weapons by anyone for any purposes and under any circumstances, saying that such actions directly contradict the strict ban for the use of poisonous substances enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The attack left 11 people in need of emergency treatment, Amnesty International said at the time. The province is also home to al-Qaida-linked militants.

The Douma chemical attack in April prompted missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. The organization has not yet issued a report on that attack. 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. His regime denies the allegations.

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