The FFM's mandate is to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons have been used in Syria; it does not include identifying who is responsible for alleged attacks. The document was also submitted to the Security Council through the United Nations secretary-general.
An OPCW fact-finding mission determined that "chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighborhood of Saraqeb" on February 4, the statement said. "Among other things, these conclusions are based on the presence of two cylinders, in which, as stated, previously contained chlorine; eyewitness testimony; samples taken from the environment and indicating the presence of chlorine, which is unusual for the surrounding area; data on patients referred to medical institutions for help after the incident, which had the signs and symptoms of exposure to chlorine and other toxic chemicals", said Wednesday the press service of the OPCW. Only Syrian government forces are known to have helicopters.
The incident is by no means the worst chemical weapons attack during the seven-year civil war, but it led to 11 people being treated for breathing difficulties.More news: Sacha Killeya-Jones lands at North Carolina State
The FFM is required to study available information relating to allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria, including information provided by the Syrian Arab Republic and others.
The Syrian government produced a three-page denial of responsibility, and failed to answer a further set of OPCW questions sent on 14 March.
Banned chlorine munitions were likely dropped on a Syrian neighbourhood in February, an global body on chemical weapons said on Wednesday, after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the toxic chemical.More news: Revamped, AI-powered Google News app goes live on Android, iOS
Following delays, the OPCW was allowed to access the Douma site where it gathered more than 100 environmental samples.
But Syria and Russian Federation have accused Syrian volunteer rescue workers of staging shocking video footage of the alleged attack at the behest of the United States.
In a brief statement Ahmet Üzümcü, the head of OPCW, said: "I strongly condemn the use of toxic chemicals as weapons by anyone, for any reason, and in any circumstances". But, the OPCW confirmed the use of chemicals in Syria in February.More news: Tencent Sees Profit Increase of 61% Thanks to Games Business
Based on this fact, the FFM prepared a report that was distributed among the member states of the Chemical Weapons Convention on Tuesday.