Russian experts: the militants had used mustard gas against civilians in Syria


RIA Novosti

Russian military experts have proven militants use chemical warfare agent mustard gas against the civilian population in the province of Aleppo in Syria. Ammunition was applied in September in the village of Marat-Um-Haouch experts said, the Troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation.

“Express analysis of content was conducted using a portable infrared spectrometer showed the presence of a chemical warfare agent skin-blister agents mustard gas. Of ammunition selected about 20 ml of sample, the ammunition is sealed and delivered to the Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Aleppo city for further studies,” the experts said.

Unexploded chemical ammunition was discovered during the survey of the village of Marat-Um-Haouch near the soldiers ‘ barracks. It is a homemade mine with 240 mm filling hole in the rear. Its contents – a black oily liquid with a volume of from 0.5 to 1.5 L.

The attack on residential areas in September affected more than 40 people. One of the victims described the events of that day and the symptoms that she got. The characteristics indicate the effects of mustard gas.

Mustard gas – the invention of the First world war, has been prohibited since 1923.

Earlier, the Russian experts surveyed several districts in the province of Aleppo, in the places of terrorist attacks were found shells with traces of chlorine and white phosphorus.