April 9, 2018 / 10:12 AM / 23 days ago

Chemical weapons agency: "toxic chemical" used in attack on Syrian rebel town last April

AMSTERDAM, March 1 (Reuters) - Inspectors have concluded that a “toxic chemical” containing chlorine was used in an attack last April in the Syrian town of Douma, at the time held by rebels but besieged by pro-government forces, the global chemical weapons agency said on Friday.

The attack on April 7 killed dozens of civilians and prompted air strikes against the Syrian government by Britain, France and the United States.

Information gathered by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) provided “reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place on 7 April 2018”.

“This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine,” the OPCW said in a statement.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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