Experts collect samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack

Frederick Owens
April 23, 2018

Two weeks after chemical toxic gas attack denounced in Duma, n a rebel enclave in vicinity of Damascus, inspectors of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have managed this Saturday to collect samples on Land, now under control of Syrian regime.

Syrian government forces patrolling Douma have uncovered a makeshift chemical weapons factory, which was apparently used to brew deadly toxins by terrorists who were recently driven from the area.

Meanwhile, Sussan slammed the USA and its Western allies for overstepping their boundaries by making their allegations and attacks on Syrian positions ahead of the worldwide investigation into the chemical weapons' allegations. Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by them, the team would submit its report to the member states.

People stand in front of damaged buildings, in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, April 16, 2018. They had meant to go to East ghouta on April 18, but postponed the beginning of the investigation as sent forward the United Nations mission's security came under fire.

On Monday, during an emergency meeting at the OPCW's headquarters in The Hague, Western diplomats accused the Syrian government and Moscow of obstructing the team. It is also unclear why the United States and its allies could not postpone their action until the inspectors, who were already on their own way, could reach Douma and start their inspection activity.

As the Syrian forces eventually struck the place, which was apparently a high-priority military target, the chlorine canisters exploded.

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According to other witness accounts, the militants deliberately exposed people to chemical agents during what they called "training exercises" then filmed it and later presented as an "evidence" of the alleged chemical attack in Douma.

Russian Federation now distributes video, which claimed that the attack killed more than 45 people and a large number of people were injured.

The city is about 10 miles east of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Russian Federation has rejected earlier worldwide probes into the use of chemical weapons by Assad's military, including one by the United Nations past year which accused the Syrian army of killing more than 80 people when it dropped a nerve agent on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun in the early hours of April 4, 2017. The Douma attack has been the subject of a swirl of conflicting claims and counterclaims and rival theories, mostly fought out on the internet.

Images that emerged from Douma at the time showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths. Thousands of people - rebels and civilians - left Douma on buses to north Syria in the days afterward, believing they could not reconcile with the government after it took over the town.

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