The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Friday said in an interim report that “various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites,” in Douma, Syria in April.
The OPCW in a press release said the FFM’s activities in Douma included on-site visits to collect environmental samples, interviews with witnesses, data collection.
“Work by the team to establish the significance of these results is on-going. The FFM team will continue its work to draw final conclusions,” said the OPCW based at the Hague, the Netherlands.
The FFM also issued a report on 2 July on allegations of chemical weapons use in Al-Hamadaniya, in October 2016, and Karm Al-Tarrab, in November 2016.
“On the basis of the information received and analysed, the prevailing narrative of the interviews, and the results of the laboratory analyses, the FFM cannot confidently determine whether or not a specific chemical was used as a weapon in the incidents,” it noted.
In response to persistent allegations of chemical weapon attacks in Syria, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) was set up in 2014 with an on-going mandate “to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic.” The FFM has previously confirmed with a “high degree of confidence” the use of chlorine, sulfur mustard, and sarin as weapons.
Source: Kuwait News Agency