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Evidence mustard gas deployed against Aleppo civilians – Russian MoD

11:50, Friday, 25 November, 2016
Evidence mustard gas deployed against Aleppo civilians – Russian MoD

Russian military experts have said reported finding new evidence of chemical warfare against Syrian civilians. The Defense Ministry said an unexploded mortar shell uncovered in Aleppo contained mustard gas.

Ammunition containing the chemical agent was reportedly used in a devastating attack on a village in the Aleppo province conducted back in September.

“An express-analysis of the contents [of ammunition] carried out using a portable infrared spectrometer revealed the presence of vesicant chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard. We’ve taken roughly a 20 milliliter sample from the shell. Afterwards it was sealed tight and delivered to the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic for further investigation,” a representative for Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RChBD) told journalists.

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