Syrian villagers recount terror of seeping yellow gas attacks

Image grab taken from Syrian television on October 10, 2013 shows inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at an undisclosed location in SyriaChilling accounts of villagers fleeing a seeping yellow gas that withered everything in its path have emerged from testimony gathered by investigators probing chlorine attacks in Syria. The detailed narrative of the attacks by gas-filled barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, as recently as two weeks ago, comes from a report by a fact-finding team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), obtained by AFP. “In courtyards, domesticated birds and animals died, and leaves on plants facing the point of impact withered and wilted ‘as autumn leaves,'” said the report, dated Wednesday, which confirmed the systematic use of chlorine as a weapon in war-torn Syria. The team interviewed 37 victims, medical staff and witnesses of the April attacks in northern Syria.

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