Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: "Investigations confirm the use of sarin gas in Central Syria"

Editing Amena Riyad | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: June 13, 2018, 8:57:59 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARY Chemical Weapon

Turkey - SMART

On Wednesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that its tests confirm the use of sarin and chlorine in an attack in Central Syria last year.

The OPCW said in a statement quoted by Reuters that sarin gas was used south of the city of Lataminah, north of Hama, on March 24, 2017.

The OPCW added that toxic chlorine gas was probably used as a chemical weapon on the hospital of Lataminah and its surrounding area on March 25, 2017.

On the same date, the Lataminah Surgical Hospital told SMART that an airstrike with toxic gases killed a doctor and injured others at the hospital. The free Health Directorate  announced the following day that the hospital was forced to shut down.

On March 26, 2017, an official in the hospital said that the Syrian government's helicopter dropped barrels containing toxic chlorine gas, suffocating and injuring a number of civilians, including women and children, and fighters from the al-Azza Army.

Four days later, the Health Directorate documented 78 cases of suffocation and injury among civilians and 12 others among medical staff, as a result of a new airstrike of toxic gases around the city of Lataminah.

The head of the OPCW, Ahmed Ozumjo, revealed that the samples collected by the organization's experts from areas that were subjected to chemical attacks in Syria have proved the existence of chemicals not previously declared by the Syrian government.

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