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Source: OPCW believes Syrian insurgents used mustard gas

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-- A source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says inspectors have found evidence that mustard gas was used during fighting between insurgent groups in the Syrian town of Marea in August.


   The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because a report on the findings has not yet been published, says OPCW inspectors discovered "evidence that mustard (gas) was indeed used there."


   The OPCW team was investigating allegations that Islamic State used chemical weapons in Marea, but has not attributed blame for the use of mustard gas. The findings will now be sent to the United Nations.


   Sulfur mustard, also known as mustard gas, is an outlawed chemical weapon that attacks the skin, eyes, lungs and other internal organs of victims.

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