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Sarin, chlorine used in 2 attacks in Syria in 2017

The global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday (June 13th) said deadly sarin and chlorine were used in two separate attacks in the village of al-Lataminah in north-western Syria in March 2017, AFP reported.

"Sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon" in al-Lataminah on March 24th, 2017, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

Its fact-finding mission "also concluded that chlorine was very likely used as a chemical weapon" at al-Lataminah's hospital and surrounding area on March 25th, 2017.

Five days later, on March 30th, al-Lataminah suffered a third attack in which sarin also was used, OPCW director Ahmet Uzumcu said last year.

The March 24th sarin attack came almost two weeks before the deadly strike on the nearby village of Khan Sheikhun that left more than 80 people dead.

The latest conclusions on the March 24th and 25th attacks "are based on separate witness testimony, epidemiological analysis and environmental samples", the OPCW said.

The large mass of information "required a longer period of time to draw conclusions", it said, adding that the report has been "transmitted to the UN Security Council".

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