‘Chemical weapons likely used in Syria ‘

BRUSSELS: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a report that there are reasonable grounds to believe that chemical weapons were used in a bomb attack on a Syrian town in 2015.
The commission of inquiry found the use of “corrosive substances,” the chemical weapons control agency announced Wednesday.
The experts, however, did not comment on who was responsible for the use of the banned substances.
According to the report, the town of Marea in the north of Aleppo was bombed on Sept. 1, 2015, with both conventional ammunition and projectiles filled with chemicals. A black substance was found at some of the affected sites and a yellow powder at others, according to the OPCW.
People who were exposed to the substances would have developed blisters on their skin a few hours later. A “corrosive substance,” which is classified as prohibited in the Chemical Weapons Convention, is said to have been used.
The OPCW was given the task in 2013 to investigate allegations of possible chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The experts interviewed witnesses, examined the evidence, and analyzed soil and biomedical samples. –Agencies