According to experts, chlorine gas was used.
The mission of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons fact-finding use of chemical weapons in Syria (MOFS) confirmed that the city of Saraqib (Idlib) could be applied to the chlorine.
“Apparently, the incident on 4 February this year, as chemical weapons were used chlorine, which was sprayed in the air from the cylinders as a result of mechanical influence, – noted in the organization. Among other things, these conclusions are based on the presence of two cylinders, in which, as stated, previously contained chlorine; eyewitness testimony; samples taken from the environment and indicating the presence of chlorine, which is unusual for the surrounding area; data on patients referred to medical institutions for help after the incident, which had the signs and symptoms of exposure to chlorine and other toxic chemicals”, said Wednesday the press service of the OPCW.
On this incident, MOFS prepared a report which was circulated on Tuesday among the States parties to the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons. The document was also submitted to the Security Council through the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
“I strongly condemn the use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any purpose and under any circumstances, said the Director General of the OPCW Ahmet üzümcü, commenting on the conclusions of the experts of the organization. – Such actions are in direct conflict with the unequivocal prohibition on the use of toxic substances contained in the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons”.
To the OPCW, added that the mandate of MOFS is to establish the facts of use of chemical weapons or toxic chemicals and is not intended to establish responsibility for the alleged attack.
“This was the role created by the UN security Council, the Joint UN and OPCW to investigate chemical attacks in Syria, whose mandate expired in December 2017”, – reminded in the organization.
About the attack with the use of chlorine gas near the city of Saraqib announced on 6 February, the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of state Heather Nauert. She then noted that this is the sixth such case in the last 30 days. Nauert blamed it on the Syrian government.
Recall, April 7 volunteer organizations in Syria reported chemical attack on the city of Douma, which killed dozens of people, including children.
Western countries blamed the attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. France and the United States stated that the evidence of use of chemical weapons in the Duma. Russia, which supports Assad in the Syrian conflict, chemical attack denies and considers it a production of the West to justify a military strike on Syria.