The international chemical weapons watchdog says it will send a team to Syria to investigate recent allegations about the use of chlorine gas in the country’s civil war.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said the Syrian government had agreed to the mission. The OPCW the team is expected to depart for Syria soon.
Syrian opposition forces have accused the government of attacking rebel-held areas with chlorine gas several times in recent months. Syria denies the allegations.
A joint UN-OPCW mission is already in the process of eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
While chlorine was first deployed militarily in the First World War, it is no longer officially considered a warfare agent and was not among the chemicals declared by Syria when it joined the chemical weapons treaty.