Rus­sia says mil­i­tants used chem­i­cal weapons in Syria

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The Rus­sian mil­i­tary said Fri­day its of­fi­cers have found ev­i­dence of chem­i­cal weapons use by Syr­ian mil­i­tants in the north­ern area of Aleppo where gov­ern­ment forces are try­ing to re­gain con­trol of ar­eas they re­cently lost to in­sur­gents.

Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that min­istry ex­perts have found un­ex­ploded ord­nance and frag­ments of mu­ni­tions con­tain­ing chlo­rine and white phos­pho­rus on Aleppo’s south­west­ern out­skirts. Konashenkov said the dis­cov­ery proves the mil­i­tants have used chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians and Syr­ian army soldiers.

Rus­sia is ask­ing the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons to send its ex­perts to the site, Konashenkov said, adding that mu­ni­tions frag­ments and ground sam­ples col­lected at the site will be handed over to the in­ter­na­tional chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog.

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