AMSTERDAM – The banned nerve agent sarin and chlorine were used in attacks in northern Syria last year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday.

This is the latest results from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirming the use of toxic agents in the country’s civil war.

The OPCW is currently also investigating a suspected chemical attack on 7 April this year in the Douma enclave near Damascus.

This led to missile strikes by Western allies, United States , France and Britain.

OPCW is expected to release those results later this month.

In a statement by OPCW they said sarin had been used south of the city of Ltamenah in the Hama area on 24 March 2017.

Adding,  “concluded that chlorine was very likely used as a chemical weapon at Ltamenah Hospital and the surrounding area on 25 March 2017”.

They also said the investigation founding’s in Ltamenah are based on witness testimony, epidemiological analysis and environmental samples.

However the organisation  did not assign blame for the attack. The Syrian government and Russia have denied that they used chemical weapons.

But there has been evidence by international bodies that show that the Syrian government forces have used both sarin and chlorine, according to a United Nations-OPCW joint investigation, with rebel forces using sulphur mustard gas in one incident.

Their so-called JIM mission was disbanded in November after a proposed renewal of its mandate was vetoed by Russia on the UN Security Council, it is intended for all parties involved to not use chemical weapons.

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