Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus
Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus on May 6, 2015. Bassam Khabieh—Reuters

Undeclared Chemical Weapons Traces Reported at Syrian Military Site

May 08, 2015

International inspectors reportedly discovered traces of chemicals used to make weapons at a Syrian military research site that had not been declared.

Reuters, citing unnamed diplomatic sources, reports that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons took samples in December and January from a Syrian military research site that tested positive for chemical precursors used to make sarin and VX nerve agents.

The Syrian government last year handed over 1,300 metric tons of chemical weapons after it pledged to eliminate its stockpile.

"This is a pretty strong indication they have been lying about what they did with sarin," one diplomatic source said. "They have so far been unable to give a satisfactory explanation about this finding."

The Hague-based OPCW did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

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