• Chlorine gas probably used in attack in Syria's Idlib: OPCW

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says poisonous chlorine gas was “likely used as a chemical weapon” in an attack earlier this year in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province, the major stronghold of Takfiri militants active in the country.

According to Press TV, in a statement released on Wednesday, the OPCW said its fact-finding mission had determined that “chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the al-Talil neighborhood of Saraqib” city on February 4, 2018.

The Hague-based global arms watchdog also confirmed that environmental samples had “demonstrated the unusual presence of chlorine in the local environment.”

The OPCW, however, did not say which side to the Syria conflict had used the banned munitions in Saraqib.

At least eleven people were treated for breathing difficulties in the Syrian city on February 4, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at the time.



May 16, 2018 13:49 UTC