Russian said on Friday that its military experts have reported finding new evidence of chemical warfare against Syrian civilians in Aleppo.
The Defense Ministry said an unexploded mortar shell uncovered in Aleppo contained mustard gas, Russia Today reported.
Ammunition containing the chemical agent was reportedly used in a devastating attack on a village in the Aleppo province conducted back in September.
“An express-analysis of the contents [of ammunition] carried out using a portable infrared spectrometer revealed the presence of vesicant chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard. We’ve taken roughly a 20 milliliter sample from the shell. Afterwards it was sealed tight and delivered to the Russian Center for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic for further investigation,” a representative for Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RChBD) told journalists.
The recovered chemical round is a crude homemade 240-mm mortar shell, with a capsule in the rear. The capsule contained from 0.5 to 1.5 liters of a black oily liquid, which proved to be a chemical warfare agent.
Over 40 people were injured in the attack they displayed typical symptoms of mustard gas poisoning.
Russian experts previously produced evidence of chemical munitions usage by militants. On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that chlorine and white phosphorus had been found in nine samples from southwestern Aleppo.