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A new team set up by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to determine who used banned munitions in Syria will investigate reports of nine attacks during the war, including attacks in the town of Douma,.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was established in 1997 as a technical body for the implementation of a global treaty to prevent the proliferation of chemical weapons. Its mandate has so far been limited to determining whether or not chemical weapons attacks have occurred and not to determine who carried out those attacks.

In June, UN member states formed an investigation and identification team during a special session in a move that sparked major political divisions within the UN-backed organization.

Western countries have warned on Tuesday that Syria may have violated the Chemical Weapons Use Act again. Canada's ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Zabinje Nolke, said in The Hague, at a meeting of the UN's executive committee, "There are signs that Syria has banned chemicals."He said.

A research center in Syria has found traces of first-class chemicals, according to the UN watchdog. The substances classified primarily include nerve gases and sarin mustard gas.

A report by the organization on the outcome of its investigations in Syria stated that the Syrian authorities had destroyed facilities and ammunition seized for the purpose of continuing the investigation, which was supposed to retain those installations and ammunition.

For his part, said the Executive Director of the International Organization that the Syrian authorities did not allow the inspectors of the international organization to enter the country in order to continue to investigate the allegations of the remains of chemicals that could enter the manufacture of chemical weapons.

GAZA (Reuters)

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