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Belgian companies exported Syrian chemicals used in the manufacture of sarin

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – A court in the Belgian city of Antwerp is considering a case filed against three Belgian companies next month on charges of exporting chemicals to Syria that may have been used in the manufacture of poisonous sarin gas.

Customs authorities said that between 2014 and 2016 these companies exported 96 tons of isopropanol without a license to Syria.

Companies say they were not aware of a change in regulations in 2013.

The companies added that customs had checked shipments that had been exported to Syrian paint companies 10 years ago.

Belgium is the only country to export Isopropanol to Syria after 2013, according to UN data.