OPCW confirms Russia’s findings concerning Aleppo 2016 chemical attack


Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Syrian fact-finding mission have established that mustard gas (sulfur mustard) was used in a chemical attack on the village of Maarat Umm Hawsh in Syria’s Aleppo governorate on September 16, 2016, thus “fully confirming” earlier assessments made by the Russian military experts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The findings of the Russian experts as well as the evidence collected at the site of the attack in November 2016 were handed over to the Syrian National Authority monitoring the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and later given to the OPCW. The September 2016 attack left 40 people wounded. The OPCW findings are expected to be handed over to the joint OPCW-UN investigative mechanism for further inquiry, the ministry added.

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