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    Russian military experts have found that militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo have used chemical weapons, likely chlorine and white phosphorus, spokesperson of the Russian Defense Ministry Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Evidence has been found in south-western suburbs of Aleppo, the military experts said as cited by Konashenkov.

    "While conducting reconnaissance in the ‘1070’ area, the officers of the scientific center of the Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence (RChBD) have found evidence of chemical weapon use by terrorists against the civilian population and Syrian servicemen," he said on Friday.

    Konashenkov added that the Russian military specialists found unexploded ammunition with chemical agents and took soil samples in areas where terrorists used their weapons.

    "After conducting an express analysis in a mobile laboratory it was determined that the toxic substances that filled the militants’ artillery ammunition were with high probability chlorine and white phosphorus," Konashenkov said.

    Smoke rises from government-controlled New Aleppo neighbourhood, western Aleppo city, Syria November 3, 2016.
    © REUTERS / Ammar Abdullah
    The Defense Ministry spokesman specified that a detailed analysis of the samples will be made at the laboratory of the scientific center of the Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence (RChBD). The laboratory is accredited by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

    Numerous armed groups, such as Daesh and opposition factions, have been fighting in the Syrian civil war against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The internal conflict in Syria has lasted for about five years. A September ceasefire failed to hold, which resulted in intensified fighting between Syrian government forces and militants in Aleppo.


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