Moscow calls for investigating terrorists’ usage of chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Russia’s deep concerns over the terrorists’ usage of chemical agents in Iraq and called upon the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to conduct a thorough and neutral investigation in these cases in Iraq and Syria.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry said these reports indicate that the extremist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq have gained experience in using toxic chemical materials as weaponry.

The Ministry said the terrorists have been using these weapons in Syria to accuse the government forces of carrying out chemical attacks, citing the events which involved chemical materials’ usage in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo and in Eastern al-Ghouta, Hama countryside and Idleb.

Earlier, an Iraqi security source said that 10 persons suffocated after terrorists launched a missile loaded with chlorine gas on al-Dallo’ya in southern Tikrit.

The terrorist organizations had also used chemical agents against the Syrian army and civilians in several areas. The evidence was clear, albeit the events were overlooked by countries that tried to hold the Syrian state responsible for these crimes.

Mohammad Nassr/ Hazem Sabbagh

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