BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:05 P.M.) – Syrian chemical weapons specialists have recovered 20-tonne containers of toxic substances from areas previously controlled by militants, said Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Damascus on Saturday.
Mekdad stated that 20-tonne containers were found in storehouses near the villages of Az-Zahiriyah and Al-Khafsah in the province of Hama.
The Syrian Deputy FM claimed that these were just some of the many vessels found that were filled with “poisonous chemicals”.
He then said that all information had been sent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW], but that it had been “put on hold” until further proof was found that “it was the ATS that used this chemical weapon”.
Mekdad also stated that organic phosphorus containers were found in a warehouse in Muadhamiya, which lies 30 km from Damascus, and that additional “poisonous substances” were discovered in the vicinity of Suwayda in the suburbs of Hama.
“But these data, as you know, has caused absolutely no interest in those organisations that declare their desire to cleanse the world of chemical weapons”, he stated.
“We have stated this many times, but nobody cares”, Mekdad concluded.