OPCW to send "fact-finding mission" to Syria over recent chemical attack allegations
Chemical weapon attacks in August 2013 left scores of civilians dead and prompted Washington to call for air strikes against Syria (File Archive/AFP)
Reuters reported Tuesday that the UN chemical watchdog will send a fact-finding mission to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chlorine gas in recent weeks as the country's civil war ravages on.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu announced the "creation of an OPCW mission to establish facts surrounding allegations of use of chlorine in Syria" in a statement released Tuesday.
France and the U.S. allege that regime forces are behind the attacks in Hama, but no information has yet been confirmed.
It is not clear when the fact-finding mission will be sent to Syria based on the Reuters report.