Elite Syrian regime unit dumped chlorine into rebel-owned cities in 2018 attack

DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP via Getty Images

DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP via Getty Images

A helicopter operated by Syrian elite “Tiger Force” military units dropped chlorine cylinders in the rebel-controlled city of Sarakib in February 2018, according to a report by the Chemical Weapons Observatory.

“ I believe that a military helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force under the control of the Tiger Army dropped at least one cylinder and attacked eastern Sarakib during an ongoing attack on Sarakib around 21:22 on February 4, 2018. There is good reason for this, “said the report of the Chemical Weapons Ban Agency. “The cylinder burst and released the toxic gas chlorine, which spread widely and affected 12 nominated individuals.”

Twelve individuals exposed to the chemical suffered from skin irritation, chest pain, and nausea, the report said.

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Witnesses told OPCW on the day of the attack, “I heard the sound of a helicopter from 21:15 to 21:22, and one or two items fell and hit the ground.” “When I approached the source of the sound, I went to see what had happened and said I was sick,” said one who was staying at a nearby shelter. Video evidence obtained by OPCW confirmed the witness’s account.

Despite increasing evidence that this is not the case, the Assad administration has flatly denied the use of chemical weapons in conflict.

The OPCW report relies on interviews with victims and healthcare professionals in response to the incident, samples from the field investigated by toxicologists, and satellite imagery taken by a team that identified several “points of impact.” Was there.

In response to the investigation, Syrian authorities alleged that White Helmets rescue workers worked with the Jihad Group to “stage” the case to “counterfeit charges against the Syrian Arab Army.” The Watchdog Group found no evidence to support that claim.

Syria’s infamous Tiger Force is a pro-government, Russian-backed intelligence-led air force militia, “widely regarded as the most powerful and most brutal of the four intelligence sectors.” is. Middle East Research Institute.. The founders of the unit have been accused of ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters early in the decade-long conflict in Syria.

Monday’s report is the second OPCW investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. The March 2017 attack on the town of Lutamena first confirmed the use of sarin nerve agents and chlorine against civilians, killing three people and injuring 32 people suffering from vomiting, dyspnea and bubbling mouth. Did.

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