Two women were exposed to mustard gas in an attack in Syria last year, the global chemical weapons watchdog has told the UN.
As they were unable to visit the site of the attack in Aleppo, investigators based their findings on interviews with the women, blood samples, and analysis of information provided by the Syrian government and Russia.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission detailed their findings in a report to the UN Security Council.
The report read: ‘The FFM can confirm that the two female casualties reported to have been involved in the incident in Um Hosh, Aleppo of 16 September 2016 were exposed to sulphur mustard.
‘Supported by the results of laboratory analysis, the FFM has determined that this mortar is a munition containing sulphur mustard.’