OPCW

U.S. Accuses Iran of Developing Banned Chemical Weapons

The U.S. envoy to a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) accused Iran on Thursday of developing banned chemical weapons and failing to disclose its activities as required by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

Western powers are lobbying frantically to win support for moves to empower the world's chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW)

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Seeks to Exhume Syria Attack Victims

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are seeking to exhume the bodies of victims from the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, on the theory that traces of nerve agents like sarin gas will linger in human tissue for much longer than environmental samples from the attack site.

OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Finally Visit Syria Attack Sites

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were finally able to visit the two sites in Douma, Syria where poison gas was allegedly deployed by dictator Bashar Assad. The first site was accessed by inspectors on April 21, while the second was visited on Wednesday, April 25.

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Russia to Ship Missile Defense System to Syria

Russian Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi stated on Wednesday that Moscow will supply Syria with “new missile defense systems soon.” He did not specify the equipment involved, but other reports in the Russian press suggest he was referring to the vaunted S-300 surface-to-air missile launcher.

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - APRIL 5, 2017: S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems seen at Alabino Range during a rehearsal for the upcoming 9 May military parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

World Health Organization: 500 Patients with Chemical Symptoms in Syria, Over 70 Dead

The World Health Organization published a statement on Wednesday saying it was “deeply alarmed” by reports of chemical weapons deployment in Syria. WHO said it has received reports from partners in the Douma area that roughly 500 patients have been treated for symptoms consistent with toxic exposure, while over 70 deaths were reported from the attack, 43 of them apparently caused by toxic chemical exposure.

A Syrian man mourns after an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria. At least 78 civilians, including women and children, died according to the initial findings. Photo by Mohammed Hassan/UPI