Report: ISIS Using Chemical Weapons in Syria
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showed Reuters a report that claims the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) and another rebel group in Syria used chemical weapons.
The report concluded that “at least two people were exposed to sulphur mustard” in Marea on August 21.
“It is very likely that the effects of sulphur mustard resulted in the death of a baby,” read the report.
It is the first time a report has claimed rebels used sulfur mustard, also known as mustard gas, during the civil war. The Syrian regime promised to destroy their chemical weapons and allegedly handed over their “toxic chemicals 18 months ago.”
“It raises the major question of where the sulphur mustard came from,” a source told Reuters. “Either they (IS) gained the ability to make it themselves, or it may have come from an undeclared stockpile overtaken by IS. Both are worrying options.”
Using any chemical weapons “violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.”
A rival Syrian rebel commander made these claims against ISIS after the attack. Medical charity group Médicins Sans Frontières and the Syrian American Medical Association also accused ISIS of using mustard gas against the civilians in Marea.
This is not the first accusation against ISIS concerning chemical weapons. The media reported in June 2014, when ISIS expanded its Caliphate into Iraq, the terrorist group captured weapons that belonged to dictator Saddam Hussein.