OPCW investigation team blames Syria of chemical attacks

Apr. 8 – A special investigative unit, called Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) and composed by the members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with the aim of identifying the authors of illegal attacks in Siria, concluded in a report that Syrian Arab Air Force dropped bombs with chloring and sarin nerve gas on a village in the country’s western Hama region, in March 2017.

According to the IIT report, during the 2017 attacks – that took place on March 24, 25 and 30 in the town of Ltamenah – more than 100 people were affected by chemical weapons. The 50th Brigade of the 22nd Air Division of the Syrian Air Force dropped M4000 aerial bombs containing sarin on the town and a cylinder containing chlorine on a hospital. The raids were conducted from the Sharat and Hama air bases, it said.

Murals in the city of Homs, Syria, painted in 2015 during the war that that started in 2011 and devastated the country (Photo by Amgad Beblawi – CC BY-SA 4.0)

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – jointly with Russia, its main supporter – denied all the charges.

On the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the report’s conclusions โ€œthe latest in a large and growing body of evidence that the Assad regime uses chemical weapons attacks in Syria as part of a deliberate campaign of violence against the Syrian people” and urged Syria to immediately stop the production, stockpiling and use of such weapons.

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