Watch­dog: Chlo­rine used in Syr­ian town

StarMetro Calgary - - WORLD - Mike Corder

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

AP

Ah­met Uzumcu

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