Chlorine gas likely used in Feb Saraqeb attack - OPCW

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that a fact-finding mission had determined that "chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighbourhood of Saraqib" in Syria's Idlib province on February 4.

A fact-finding mission by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) determined that "chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighbourhood of Saraqeb" on Feb 4, an OPCW statement said.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released details of a report into the chlorine use, but did not say which side in the fighting used it.

Outcomes are additionally awaited from a tough mission by an OPCW fact-finding workforce to the Syrian city of Douma, after medics and rescuers stated 40 folks died in a chlorine and sarin assault on April 7.

About 11 people were treated after the attack on February 4 for mild and moderate symptoms of toxic chemical exposure, including breathing difficulties, vomiting and unconsciousness, the OPCW said in a report on its findings.

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The mechanism was disbanded in November following a Russian veto at the UN Security Council, a move which ratcheted up tension between Moscow and Western powers over chemical weapons use in Syria.

Though the OPCW, per its usual mandate, does not suggest a responsible party, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been accused of launching the strike. His regime denies the allegations.

The team exhumed bodies and gathered more than 100 environmental samples now being analysed in different OPCW-designated labs.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu harshly criticized the chemical attack.

The move averted threatened United States air strikes by the previous U.S. administration after about 1,000 people died in an August 2013 sarin gas attack. That attack led to the U.S., France and Britain blaming the Syrian government and launching joint punitive airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities on April 14.

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