Dozens of tons of banned chemicals were exported by three Antwerp-based companies to Syria and Lebanon after July 2013, in violation of an export ban that had been in force since 2014, Belgium's Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt said after he confirmed a report by the Belgian media on April 17.

The three Belgian companies have been accused of exporting chemicals to Syria, including isopropanol, a common substance that can also be used in the production of sarin nerve gas. Sarin is a type ...

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