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Syrian government rejects OPCW report proving its responsibility for chemical attack in 2017

Editing: Kaled Abdul-hamid |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/04/10 08:33

Turkey - SMART

The Syrian government rejects a report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The report said that the Syrian government carried out a series of chemical attacks on the town of al-Lataminah, 35 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, in 2017.

The Syrian government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that the report is misleading and includes fake findings to forge the truth and accuse the Syrian government. 

On April 8 2020, the OPCW held the Syrian government forces responsible for chemical attacks on al-Lataminah in 2017.

On March 25, 2017, the Surgical Hospital in al-Lataminah confirmed to SMART that a chemical bombing hit the hospital, killing a doctor and causing breath difficulties to others. A day after, the Free Health Directorate announced that the hospital was forced to shut down.

On March 26, 2017, an official in the hospital said that Syrian government forces’ helicopters dropped barrel bombs loaded with toxic chlorine gas on al-Lataminah, causing breath difficulties to women, children, and fighters of the Jaysh al-Izzah.

On March 31, 2017, the Free Health Directorate documented 78 cases of breath difficulty among civilians and 12 others among medical staff due to a new bombing with chemical gases on the perimeter of al-Lataminah. 

The Director-General of the OPCW Fernando Arias said that they will appoint a ten-experts team to specify the side responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria after the OPCW obtained additional authorizations to specify the perpetrators, during a UN Security Council session in June 2018. The Syrian government and its allies Russia and Iran rejected Arias’ statements.