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Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: "The Syrian regime did not hand over all the chemicals it owns"

TranslationEditor: Freda Hocaine |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2018/05/29 09:51

Turkey - SMART

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmed Ozumjo, revealed that samples collected by the OPCW experts from areas hit by chemical attacks in Syria proved the presence of chemicals, which have not been previously declared by the Syrian government.

On Monday, Ozumjo said in an interview with NBC News that the organization is waiting for interpretion by officials of the Syrian government on these materials. He stated that Western countries "worry" that the Syrian government has a number of "sarin" gas products.

Ozumjo added that the continued use of chemical weapons in Syria, despite the Syrian government's announcement of delivering all its chemical stockpiles in 2013, raises fears that it retains banned materials.

Ozumjo also said, "The mission of the OPCW is to determine whether a chemical weapon has been used or not, and not to identify the perpetrator." 

On Friday, May 4, the OPCW announced the completion of collecting samples from Douma city after the massacre committed by the Syrian government forces, killing 85 people and wounding about 120 with suffocation.

The United States, Britain and France launched a joint military strike on Syrian government forces sites in response to the chemical attack. This joint strike was condemned by the Syrian government's allies and welcomed by Western and Gulf countries.