UK Calls For ‘Urgent’ OPCW Syria Chlorine Investigation

London, April 30 (QNA) -The UK has called on the global chemical weapons watchdog to carry out “with urgency” its investigation into the alleged use of chlorine in Syria.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday that a mission would depart “soon”.

However, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “Time is of the essence in establishing the full facts.”
Claims by both sides that chlorine gas had been used on several occasions this month were “sickening”, he added, reported the BBC.

On Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph said scientific analysis of samples from the scene of three attacks in two villages in the north of the country showed “sizeable and unambiguous traces of chlorine and ammonia”.

Chlorine and ammonia are common industrial chemicals, but their use as weapons is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). (QNA)

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