Chemical watchdog team awaiting approval for Syria visit
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Chemical watchdog team awaiting approval for Syria visit

Fact-finding team ready to look into allegations of chlorine attacks in war-torn country over recent months

Illustrative photo: This image, from a video posted on September 18, 2013, shows Syrians in protective suits and gas masks conducting a drill on how to treat casualties of a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. (AP)
Illustrative photo: This image, from a video posted on September 18, 2013, shows Syrians in protective suits and gas masks conducting a drill on how to treat casualties of a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. (AP)

The global chemical weapons watchdog says a team stands ready to visit Syria to investigate recent claims of chemical weapon attacks against civilians as soon as the government gives approval.

The latest report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, says a fact-finding team is ready to look into multiple allegations of chlorine attacks in recent months.

Meanwhile, the OPCW director-general “has expressed his serious concerns” about more recent allegations of toxic chemicals in the northwestern province of Idlib and says the fact-finding team is examining all available information.

Syrian activist groups reported another suspected chemical attack in Idlib on Wednesday.

A letter from UN chief Ban Ki-moon with the report says, “I profoundly regret that such allegations continue to be raised.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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