Syria chemical weapon stockpile declared destroyed

Published January 5th, 2016 - 02:55 GMT
More than two years after a historic US-Russia deal to move chemical weapons out of Syria, a UN fact-finding mission has said they have been destroyed. (AFP/File)
More than two years after a historic US-Russia deal to move chemical weapons out of Syria, a UN fact-finding mission has said they have been destroyed. (AFP/File)

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said in a report that all of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed, the AFP reported.

The UN-organized fact-finding mission also found that some people in Syria may have been exposed to the nerve agent sarin, or something similar.

The OPCW has said it is investigating 11 incidents involving the use of the toxic chemicals in Syria. However, the report did not specify when or where the incidents took place.

The findings were based on the analysis of blood samples taken from people likely to have been exposed.

“Further investigation would be necessary to determine when or under what circumstances such exposure might have occurred,” the OPCW report stated.

The UN Security Council is slated to resume discussions regarding Syria's chemical weapons during a meeting on Tuesday.

Both rebel groups and the Assad regime have been accused of using chemical weapons in the nearly five-year long civil war which has killed more than 250,000 people.

The Assad government agreed to turn over its chemical stockpile following a sarin attack near Damascus in August 2013 .


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