Experts of the OPCW and the United Nations has begun to investigate the incident with chemical weapons in Idlib
The incident in Khan Sheyhun, located in Syria’s Idlib province, took place on 4 April. According to the Ministry of defense, Syrian air force bombed fighters of the shop, where they produced toxic chemicals.
MOSCOW, may 5. /TASS/. An international group of experts began to investigate the incident with the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib in order to ascertain the perpetrators. About it in interview to Agency The Associated Press announced the General Director of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) Ahmet üzümcü.
According to him, the team, consisting of experts of the OPCW and the UN, “has already begun to work in our room (the headquarters of the OPCW in the Hague — approx. TASS)”.
The joint UN and OPCW to investigate (SMR) cases, the use of toxic substances in the Syrian conflict was created by the decision of the UN security Council in 2015 to establish the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria. Investigators are examining only incidents confirmed by the Mission of the OPCW fact-finding, which works with 2014.
For 2016 CMP studied nine cases of the use of toxic substances, responsible for three of them on government forces, and another one on the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). Last November, the Security Council extended the work of the Commission for one year, by ordering professionals to pay attention to the activities of terrorists on the development of chemical warfare agents.
The incident in Khan Sheyhun, located in the Syrian province of Idlib, which was allegedly used chemical weapons occurred on April 4. According to the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, Syrian aircraft bombed militants of the shop, where they produced toxic chemicals. Washington accused Damascus of using chemical weapons, and then on the night of April 7, the U.S. Navy launched a missile attack on a Syrian military airfield in HOMS province.