Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Chlorine likely used in February attack in Idlib, Syria

Chlorine likely used in February attack in Idlib, Syria

"I strongly condemn the usage of poisonous chemical substances as weapons by anybody, for any cause, and in any circumstances", stated OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu. "Among other things, these conclusions are based on the presence of two cylinders, in which, as stated, previously contained chlorine; eyewitness testimony; samples taken from the environment and indicating the presence of chlorine, which is unusual for the surrounding area; data on patients referred to medical institutions for help after the incident, which had the signs and symptoms of exposure to chlorine and other toxic chemicals", said Wednesday the press service of the OPCW.

It did not assign blame for the incident, in line with its mandate.

The organization is also investigating allegations that poison gas was used in Douma in April this year.

"Such acts contradict the unequivocal prohibition against chemical weapons".

Eleven folks have been handled for respiration difficulties the day after Syrian authorities raids on Saraqeb, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated on the time. Western observers said the use of helicopters in the attack suggested Syrian government involvement since the opposition did not have access to helicopters.

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

Syrian babies receive treatment for a suspected chemical attack at a clinic in the Eastern Ghouta region. 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. The organisation has not yet issued a report on that attack. Assad's forces, with the backing of Russian Federation, have been accused of a number of horrific gas attacks on rebel-held areas, indiscriminately targeting both fighters and civilians.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and 19 others injured when a shell fell in the heart of the Syrian capital, Syrian state TV reported yesterday, stating it was sacked by "terrorist groups".

Even though government troops have almost gained full control of areas surrounding the capital from rebel forces, they are still battling remnants of Islamic State militants south of Damascus.

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