Syrian ‘Rebels’ Use Mustard Gas Against Kurds

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Syrian militants have used mustard gas against Kurds in Um Hosh village in the northern countryside of Aleppo. As a result, several civilians were wounded.

Syrian 'Rebels' Use Mustard Gas Against Kurds

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Experts of Russian Troops of Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection (NBC) visited an area, where militants used toxic substances, in particular mustard gas, against Kurds.

On September 16, Um Hosh village, located in the northern countryside of Aleppo, suffered a gas attack. Militants opened fire on the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which were on the offensive. Terrorists fired on the village, where mainly civilians were stationed.

Reportedly, a homemade shell broke through a wall and exploded inside a building. Several women were near the blast site and, at first, have not realized that they were in the affected area. Soon, the women lost consciousness and were taken to the district hospital in the city of Afrin. By the nature of injuries, doctors made an unequivocal conclusion – mustard gas was used against civilian population.

On November 5, the Russian-Kurdish Humanities Center held an international conference on the usage of chemical weapons in Syria, which was attended by both Russian and foreign journalists. Victims and witnesses of chemical attacks spoke at the conference. An appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which participants of the conference asked to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, became a result of the conference. This request did not go unnoticed.

On November 16, experts of Troops of Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection arrived at the sampling point, located in the building, where the shell exploded. According to journalists, who accompanied Russian experts, even after two months, persistent smell of garlic was felt there. Experts took samples inside the building for deep analysis in Syrian and Russian laboratories. In addition, they also found an unexploded shell, which presumably contained a toxic substance. An YPG unit pulled out the unexploded shell, using simple tools. Russian experts immediately began to conduct a rapid on-site analysis. As a result, mustard gas was found inside the shell.

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