Watchdog: Chlorine used in Syrian town
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS— The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria’s civil war.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released details of a report into the chlorine use, but did not say which side in the fighting used it. The OPCW said that its FactFinding Mission probing alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria “determined that chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighbourhood of Saraqeb.”
The White Helmets said three of its rescuers and six other people suffered breathing problems. The Syrian American Medical Society said 11 patients were treated for suspected chlorine gas poisoning.
OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu harshly criticized the chemical attack.
“I strongly condemn the continued use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any reason,” Uzumcu said . Full story at thestar.com