Russian military experts have found evidence of usage of mustard gas against civilians in the Syrian province of Aleppo.
A proof of the fact that militants used mustard gas against civilians in the Syrian province of Aleppo was found by Russian military experts. Reportedly, terrorists used the ammunition during an attack on one of the villages in Aleppo province in September.
“An express-analysis of the contents [of ammunition] carried out using a portable infrared spectrometer revealed the presence of vesicant chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard [mustard gas],” a representative of the Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense said on Friday.
On Monday, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that poisonous chlorine and white phosphorus have been found by Russian military experts in nine samples from southwestern Aleppo.
He also noted that the UN-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) did not want to join efforts with Russia and send its experts to Aleppo province. According to Konashenkov, some OPCW members even ignore evidence of the usage of chemical weapons by militants against Syrian civilians.
On October 27, a report, according to which chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government on the territory of the country at least three times throughout 2014-2015, was published by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) expert panel. An earlier report of the organization revealed that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group was also responsible for several chemical attacks.
Samples, taken in Syria, have been analyzed by Russian military experts in order to find evidence of reports, claiming that members of radical groups used chemical weapon against Syrian civilians.