OPCW Concludes That Units of the Syrian Arab Air Force Used Chemical Weapons in Saraqib

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) releases its second report by Investigation and Identification Team (IIT), concluding that the Syrian Arab Air Force used, or most likely used, chemical weapons in Saraqib, on 4 February 2018.

The same document reports there are reasonable grounds to believe that, at approximately 21:22 on 4 February 2018, a military Syrian helicopter dropped at least one cylinder releasing chlorine over a large area, affecting several individuals.

Chlorine is a chocking agent, and immediate symptoms exposure can be cough and sore throat, shortness of breath and laboured breathing, blurred vision, watering and redness of the eyes. Contact with skin can cause skin redness, frostbites, burn and pain.

Further information on Chlorine available here.