The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017.
It is the latest in a series of reports from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirming the use of toxic agents in the country’s civil war.
The OPCW said Wednesday that its fact-finding mission probing alleged attacks in Syria found that “sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon” in the south of Latamneh in Hama province on March 24, and that chlorine was very likely used a day later at and near Latamneh Hospital.
The organization’s fact-finding team is not mandated to apportion blame for chemical attacks. The OPCW says its findings were based on witness testimony and analysis of samples. Syria denies using chemical weapons.
The watchdog is also investigating a suspected chemical attack on April 7 this year in the Douma enclave near Damascus that prompted missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain. It is expected to publish the results of that inquiry this month.
Syrian government forces have used both sarin and chlorine, according to a United Nations-OPCW joint investigation, while rebel forces used sulphur mustard gas once. Their so-called JIM mission was disbanded in November after a proposed renewal of its mandate was vetoed by Russia on the UN Security Council.
Source : cbc