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A U.N.-mandated investigator says his team is probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used on two recent occasions in Syria, according to the Washington Post.

Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, says the commission has received multiple reports, which it is now investigating, of attacks in the town of Saraqeb, in Idlib province, and Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

In a statement, Pinheiro expressed deep concern over the escalating violence in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta which has killed scores of people and struck at least three hospitals in the past few days.

Pinheiro says: “These reports are extremely troubling, and make a mockery of the so-called “de-escalation zones.”

He described the government siege of eastern Ghouta and indiscriminate bombardment as “international crimes.”