Chemical weapons such as chlorine and the banned nerve agent sarin were probably used in an attack in northern Syria in 2017, an international chemical weapons control body confirmed on Wednesday.
The attack took place on March 24, 2017 in the village of Ltamenah in northern Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its fact-finding mission concluded that chemical weapons were probably also used at a local hospital a day later.
"In response to persistent allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the OPCW Mission of Inquiry (FFM) was established in 2014 with a standing mandate" to establish the facts related to the allegations of chemical use toxic, reportedly, chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic ", the background report read." The mandate of the FFM is to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals have been used as weapons in Syria. It does not include identifying who is responsible for the alleged attacks. "The organization, which drew its conclusion based on epidemiological samples and environmental evidence, gave its report to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
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The use of banned chemical weapons has been a constant theme in Syria's civil war, which began in 2011. International organizations such as the United Nations have blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its use. Syrian regime admitted for the first time that it had weapons that in 2012, about six months before seven people were allegedly killed by a poisonous gas in the Syrian city of Homs.
Recently, dozens of people were killed between January and April in suspected chemical weapons attacks in the suburbs of Damascus, which were controlled by rebel groups. According to a report published in March by the Bellingcat research group, there were at least four chemical weapons attacks in eastern Ghouta and Douma.
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"The recent persecution resulted in many injuries among civilians and the death of at least two children, which reinforces the fact that the use of chemical weapons seems to be a systematic policy followed by the Syrian government during its ongoing battles The first attack in 2018 occurred in the area between Douma and Harasta in Damascus Ghouta on January 13, 2018, the second attack took place on January 22, 2018, in the northwestern area of Douma, and the third attack took place on February 1, 2018 in Douma as well, "the report said, referring to a city slightly north of Damascus.
In mid-April, the Trump administration ordered attacks against three targets in Syria believed to have chemical weapons facilities. Defense Secretary James Mattis called the "one shot shot" attack to teach Assad a lesson.
This article was originally written by Newsweek
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