OPCW accuses Damascus of using banned weapons in 2017

For the first time, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons held the Syrian government forces responsible for chemical weapons attacks targeting the town of al-Latamneh in Hama Governorate in 2017.

In a statement, the organization's coordinator for the investigation, Santiago Onati Labordi, said that his team "found reasonable grounds to believe that SARIN users as a chemical weapon in al-Latamneh on 24 and 30 March 2017 and chlorine on 25 March 2017 are people belonging to the Syrian Air Force.

The aerial bombardment that targeted al-Latamneh on March 30 resulted in suffocation of about 50 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at the time, and an air strike on the 25th of the same month, al-Latamneh Hospital and its vicinity, and reports of problems breathing in infected people.

The organization explained that two Sukhoi-22 planes fired two bombs containing sarin gas on 24 and 30 March 2017, while a Syrian helicopter dropped a cylinder of chlorine gas at al-Latamneh Hospital.

In 2018, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that sarin and chlorine were used in al-Latamneh assaults without accusing anyone.

This is the first report in which the organization holds the organization responsible for attacks that are being investigated in Syria, and Onati Labordi said that "strategic attacks like this can only happen on the orders of the highest authorities in the military leadership in the Syrian Republic," adding "even if there could have been a delegation of authority, as this does not apply to responsibility,” he said, adding that his team "could not find any other reasonable explanation.”



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