Militants fired shells containing banned poisonous substances at apartments in Aleppo’s 1070 district killing one person and injuring dozens.

“Rapid sample analysis shows that the toxic substances in the militants’ artillery ammunition were chlorine and white phosphorus,” an expert from the Russian center of radiological, chemical, and biological defense said.

These substances are banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention on January 13, 1993. The Russian center has set up a mobile laboratory in Aleppo but the sample analysis will be taken to the scientific laboratory of the military radiological, chemical, and biological defense center in Moscow that is accredited by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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Aleppo’s 1070 district was liberated from the militants a few days ago but they still continue to shell their former positions with unguided missiles including those filled with poisonous substances. Dozens of injured, whose respiratory system was damaged, have been taken to hospitals. Doctors are taking all the necessary measures but say that to make a full recovery the injured need to undergo a long rehabilitation course.

Experts say that the militants face no difficulties in getting their hands on chemical substances.

“Chlorine is a strong poison gas used in various industries so it is easy to get hold of it,” an expert at the Russian center said.

Chlorine causes burnt lungs and a painful death, it was used during the World War I. White phosphorus, widely used during the Vietnam war, is lethal to humans in a mere quantity of one-tenth of a gram.

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    • The SAA use of chemical weapons is still unproved. Accusations were made by but serious ones were all debunked as bullshits. White phosphorus is banned in certain cases, not in some others. In the way the cockroaches use it, it is banned.
      There is no treaty on depleted uranium and it’s not a chemical weapon but waste from nuclear plants. It’s used for armour piercing purposes as it’s more interesting than tungsten : on impact, DU is auto-sharpening. The biggest use of DU is anti-tank saboted flechetes shot from a tank gun or the A-10 huge Gattling gun. The biggest problem is on impact, a part of the ogive is powdered and there may be some still radioactive particles emitting mostly alpha or beta rays so it’s very bad if ingested or breathed…
      Now chlorine was used during WW1 but to achieve a “painful death” through it, you have to use it at other levels than shell or, most of the time it’s used by “moderate rebels” (LOL, how laughable the expression is!), sent in their standard canisters through ‘Hell-cannons’ or with DIY rockets secured to the canister. You can’t achieve lethal concentration by such means -and I won’t explain how to do so-. Nonetheless it burns lungs but also eyes and mucositis but it’s very easy to protect oneself from it even without a dedicated gas-mask (which is still better, I agree, but improvised protection works very well as chlorine reacts to bicarbonate, urine or even just water).
      White phosphorous was mostly used mixed with napalm during the Vietnam war. Generally, it’s not used as chemical weapon but as an incendiary one or for much much more peaceful fireworks. Frankly, I prefer napalm : it’s more modern, I love the smell of napalm in the morning and napalm sticks to kids (dark humour!).