U.N. official says no Syria chlorine probe yet

Civil Defense members spray water on a rebel fighter, affected by what activists said was a gas attack, in Idlib city March 31, 2015. (Reuters)

While the global chemical weapons watchdog said in late March it will investigate allegations of chlorine gas attacks in Syrian villages, U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane told reporters Thursday that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has not yet started looking into the latest claims.

Kane made her statement after members of the U.N. Security Council called on OPCW to investigate the latest allegations of the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in Syria.

The current council president, Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar, spoke to reporters Thursday after a closed-door briefing by Kane.

Kawar says “most members” of the council expressed concern about the reports in recent weeks by opposition and activists that Syrian government helicopters dropped bombs containing chlorine gas in northwestern Idlib province.

The council last month approved a resolution condemning the use of toxic chemicals in Syria and threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.

(With Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45