The Latest: Chemical weapon watchdog probing Syria attacks
BEIRUT – The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local):
The global chemical weapons watchdog says it is investigating recent allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its fact-finding mission is “investigating all credible allegations” and reporting its findings to the organization’s member states.
The mission, however, does not have a mandate to apportion blame for chemical attacks in Syria.
Earlier Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM TV that “all indications show us today that the Syrian regime is using chlorine gas at the moment” in attacks on rebel-held areas.
On Tuesday, a U.N.-mandated investigator said his team was probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used on two recent occasions in Syria
France says the Syrian government is likely using chlorine gas in its latest attacks on rebel-held areas.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM TV on Wednesday that “all indications show us today that the Syrian regime is using chlorine gas at the moment.”
The government and its ally Russia have been pounding a besieged rebel-held area outside Damascus for the last two days with airstrikes, killing dozens of people.
A U.N.-mandated investigator said Tuesday his team was probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used on two recent occasions in Syria.
“An investigation has been opened on that matter by the United Nations,” Le Drian said. “The threat of using chemical weapons remains, this is a very serious situation.”