Turkey deploys chemical inspection team to Syrian border

The eight-person team is initially screening injured Syrians at the border before sending them to several hospitals in Hatay province.

Turkey deploys chemical inspection team to Syrian border

World Bulletin/News Desk                        

The Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) has deployed an inspection team to Hatay's Cilvegözü border gate to screen injured Syrians at the border to determine whether they have been exposed to any chemical weapons attack following claims that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons in its fight against the Syrian opposition.

The search and rescue directorate at AFAD's Adana branch has stationed a team of eight experts with an inspection vehicle screening refugees for possible exposure to chemical, biological and nuclear weapons at the border gate as a measure against suspected chemical weapon usage in Syria.

The eight-person team is initially screening injured Syrians at the border before sending them to several hospitals in Hatay province.

Meanwhile, a Syrian woman who had been sent to the inspection team at Cilvegözü, which carried out initial checks before sending her to Reyhanlı State Hospital later on Thursday, could not be saved.

Tight security measures were taken at the state hospital after the woman was sent there, with hospital officials wearing special clothing and the emergency room being temporarily closed to any other patients. However, reports note there was no indication the deceased woman had been exposed to chemical weapons.

Recently, Turkey has also started to test blood samples taken from Syrian casualties to determine whether they were victims of a chemical weapons attack. The samples were sent to Turkey's forensic medicine institute after several Syrians with breathing difficulties were brought to a Turkish hospital earlier this week in the town of Reyhanlı.

Syria has blocked access for the UN commission, which was created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nearly six weeks ago and has an advance team in Cyprus ready to deploy to Syria. Diplomats say it is unlikely it will gain access any time soon.

The Syrian government and the opposition blame each other for alleged chemical weapons attacks in Aleppo in March and in Homs in December. Ban wants the inquiry to look at both incidents, but Syria only wants the United Nations team to probe the Aleppo attack.            

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