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Experts hand over documents and samples detailing use of mustard gas in Aleppo


Russian military experts say they have found proof of the use of mustard gas by militants against civilians in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

The ammunition was used in a September attack on one of the villages in Aleppo province.

“An express-analysis of the contents [of ammunition] carried out using a portable infrared spectrometer revealed the presence of vesicant chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard [mustard gas],” Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence (RChBD) told journalists on Friday.

The ammunition was used in a September attack on one of the villages in the Aleppo province.

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On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian military experts had found poisonous chlorine and white phosphorus in nine samples from southwestern Aleppo.

The ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the UN-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was reluctant to join forces with Russia or send experts to Aleppo, while some OPCW members are ignoring evidence that chemical weapons are being used by militants against civilians in Syria.

On October 27, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) expert panel released its latest report claiming that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons at least three times in the country throughout 2014-2015. An earlier report said Daesh terrorist group was also responsible for several attacks.

Syrian government forces have been fighting against multiple opposition and terrorist groups, including Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front.

Russian military experts have been analyzing samples taken in Syria in order to find proof of reports of chemical weapon use by members of radical groups against civilians.

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Russian Defense Ministry: Terrorists used chemical weapons in Oum Hosh village in Aleppo countryside

The Russian Defense Ministry affirmed that terrorists used mustard gas in Aleppo’s southern countryside, and that evidence confirms that terrorists have a regulated production cycle for producing chemical weapons.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Ministry said that Russian experts gave to the Syrian side on November 16th soil samples from the crater caused by a shell fired by terrorists on civilians in Oum Hosh village along with samples from the mortar-shaped shell, noting that the shell was a handmade 240 mm shell containing in its fin assembly a plug used in manufacturing chemical containers.

The Ministry explained that upon removing the shell from the crater, a thick brown liquid seeped from the hole beneath its fuse, and examination showed that the liquid and the soil around the shell contained toxic materials that burn the skin, adding that samples of the liquid and dirt were sent to Russian military chemical labs for analysis in order to determine the sources of the chemicals used in making the shell and how the terrorists gained access to them.

The Ministry affirmed that examination of shells that were fired by terrorists in Aleppo and that didn’t explode showed that they contained the toxic mustard gas, which proves that the terrorists have a regulated production cycle for producing chemical weapons, adding that it’s not unlikely that they procured mustard gas and other toxic materials from outside Syria, and investigations are underway to determine the channels used for delivering toxic materials to terrorists in Syria.

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