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Syria says chemical substances were transferred from Libya through Turkey

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NEW YORK – Syria claimed on Wednesday that chemical substances that were used to carry out chemical attacks against civilians arrived in Syria in 2013 after it were transferred from Libya through Turkey.

In a statement before the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the United Nations, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said that, four months prior to Khan al-Assal chemical attack in 2013, he sent more than 160 letters to UN Secretary General and UN Security Council among other international bodies.

“These letters included accurate information on the possession and use of toxic chemicals against civilians and military personnel by terrorist organizations that had been transferred from Libya”.

Jaafari revealed that in one of the letters, he noted that a terrorist named Haitham Qassab smuggled two liters of Sarin gas from Libya via Turkey aboard a civilian plane that landed at Istanbul airport. These two liters of Sarin were then transferred to terrorist organizations in Syria.

Turkey had long been reported to have used Libya as a base to carry out terrorist attacks either inside or outside of Libya.  A trial related to a ship suspected of being used to smuggle illegal explosives from Turkey to radical Islamist groups in Libya began a week ago in Greece.

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