Chlorine gas likely used in Feb Saraqeb attack – OPCW

Inspectors to not say who was responsible

16 May, 14:29

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MAY 16 - Chlorine gas "was likely used as a chemical weapon" in an attack in the northern Syrian town of Saraqeb in February, the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Wednesday.

    However, the global chemical weapons watchdog did not say who was responsible for the attack. OPCW is investigating various reports of chemical attacks, including one on Duma in East Ghouta on April 7, which activists claim killed dozens of people. However, its mandate is only to verify whether chemical weapons have been used, not to establish responsibility. The US, France and Britain claimed the regime of Bashar al Assad was behind the alleged attack on April 7 and a week later carried out airstrikes against what they considered to be government chemical weapons depots. In its report released Wednesday OPCW said "that chlorine was released from cylinders" in the Ali Talil neighborhood of Saraqeb in the northern province of Idlib. (ANSAmed).

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