OPCW issues Fact Finding Mission reports on toxic chemicals in Syria

OPCW issues Fact Finding Mission reports on toxic chemicals in Syria. | Courtesy of the OPCW
Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü recently issued reports from the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) regarding toxic chemical use in Syria among state parties, they announced Friday.

These reports will also be distributed to the United Nations Security Council as a portion of the organization’s monthly report.

Information from the Syrian government indicates that soldiers have been killed as a result of using chemicals. The OPCW states that the FFM team made three deployments in the country. At this time the team could not say whether this chemical use was related to the use of a weapon in Jobar.

A second team investigated incidents reported in the Idlib Governorate of Syria that are reported to have taken place between March and May. The team determined that the incidents did involve toxic chemicals as a weapon, chlorine is considered to be a likely element to these events.

An incident that occurred on Aug. 21 was also evaluated by the FFM team. A non-state actor was alleged to have used a chemical weapon in Marea, Syria. Through interviews with two individuals that were exposed to the alleged attack and physicians that treated them and other evidence, the team was able to determine that they were exposed to sulfur mustard. They also stated that this exposure likely resulted in the death of one infant.

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