Chemical watchdog says chlorine likely used in February attack on Syrian town

The Times of Israel reports: “A global arms watchdog on Wednesday said chlorine was ‘likely used as a chemical weapon’ in a February attack on the Syrian town of Saraqeb.

A fact-finding mission by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons determined that ‘chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighborhood of Saraqeb’ on February 4, an OPCW statement said.

The team’s conclusions were based on finding two cylinders ‘which were determined as previously containing chlorine.’

Environmental samples also ‘demonstrated the unusual presence of chlorine in the local environment,’ said the organization, based in The Hague…”

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