CBRN Assessment

OPCW finds chlorine traces at Douma sites

09 July 2018

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found traces of chlorine, but no sign of a nerve agent, at two locations identified as sites where chemical munitions were suspected of landing in the Douma area east of Damascus on 7 April.

“No organophosphorus nerve agents or their degradation products were detected,” the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission reported on 6 July. “Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive.”

Those two locations were where yellow compressed gas cylinders were recorded in the immediate aftermath of an attack that killed at least 40 people.

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