On 6 July, Middle East Monitor reported that a new report says that the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad has used German-made chemical materials imported by the Syrian Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Industries (MPI) from Switzerland to manufacture chemical weapons in 2014.  It is said that 5 tonnes of isopropanol and 280 kg of Diethylamine “without question went into the production of chemical weapons”.  Isopropanol and Diethylamine are dual-use, meaning they can be found in daily and military products.  For instance, isopropanol is found in disinfectants, cleaning agents, paints, and varnishes, but is also a major component of the type of gas used in suspected chemical attacks.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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