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Fears of chemical arms use against IS-held area in Syria

THE HAGUE: A global watchdog raised fears Tuesday that chemical weapons may have been used in air strikes by Syrian regime loyalists near Palmyra, in an area controlled by the Islamic State group. "The allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons in the area of (Oqayrabat), in the Hama governorate in Syria, reported by the media recently are of serious concern," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement. At least 53 civilians, including 16 children, were killed Monday in…

Mustard gas ‘used in Iraq’ in August

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Mustard gas was used in two attacks in Iraq near the Kurdish capital of Arbil in August last year, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said on Monday.