In this Feb 4, 2018 photo, Syrians reportedly suffering from breathing difficulties following Syrian regime airstrikes on the northwestern town of Saraqeb rest around a stove at a field hospital in a village on the outskirts of Saraqeb, due to the lack of hospitals in the town. (OMAR HAJ KADOUR / AFP)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The international chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria's civil war.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released details of a report into the chlorine use on Wednesday.
The OPCW is not mandated to apportion blame for the attack.
The OPCW says its Fact-Finding Mission probing alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria "determined that chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighborhood of Saraqib."
This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows a child partly buried in rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Feb 5, 2018. (SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE WHITE HELMETS VIA AP)
The mission also is investigating allegations that poison gas was used in Douma, near the capital Damascus, in a deadly April 7 attack. It has not yet issued a report on that attack.