July 9, 2013
The Syrian government’s ambassador to the United Nations on Monday
told reporters in New York that a cache of toxic chemicals, “enough to
destroy a city” and presumably left by opposition forces, was discovered
in northwestern Syria.
Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said the cache included about 280
containers filled with various toxic substances, such as ethylene
glycol, ethanolamine, diethanolamine and triethanolamine.
“This is enough to destroy a whole city, if not the whole country,”
Ja’afari said, without mentioning the date when the discovery was made.
“At the moment, an investigation is underway with regard to this batch
of chemical weapons.”
All the substances mentioned by Ja’afari are indeed harmful for
humans, but are extensively used in various industrial and consumer
products. None of them is considered a chemical weapon.
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