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16 May 2018, 05:37 | Erica Roy
OPCW confirms chlorine gas used in February attack in Syria's Idlib
The FFM is required to study available information relating to allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria, including information provided by the Syrian Arab Republic and others. "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".
The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqib in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria's civil war.
"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.
Several people were treated at local medical facilities for breathing difficulties after the attack on February 4. The team's conclusions were based on finding two cylinders that were determined as previously containing chlorine.
The OPCW has said all of Syria's declared toxic arms stock has since been destroyed, but has warned repeatedly about gaps in the Syrian regime's declaration.
"I strongly condemn the use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any reason, and in any circumstances", said OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu.
Russian Federation and the Syrian regime has refuted claims they carried out the attack, yet repeatedly obstructed and delayed access to the scene by the inspectors, raising suspicions they have tried to destroy evidence.
A joint OPCW-U.N. mechanism for Syria has previously concluded the Syrian government has used both sarin nerve agent and chlorine, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians. Rebels were found to have used sulphur mustard once on a small scale.
Reuters reported in January that tests found "markers" in samples taken at three attack sites between 2013 and 2017 from chemicals from the Syrian government stockpile.
Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Hussam Edin Aala rejected the accusation, saying, "Syria can not possibly be using chemical weapons because it very simply has none in its possession".
The West blames for the chemical attack in Idlib on the Syrian troops.
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