Chemical inspectors reach second site of Douma ‘gas attack’

Latest news

    More than 465,000 people have been killed since the fighting in Syria began in 2011 [File: AFP]

    Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have reached a second location in the Syrian town of Douma, where a suspected gas attack took place in early April.

    In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its fact finding mission had collected samples from the location, which it did not identify. 

    OPWC said those samples and other materials gathered from the site would be brought to The Hague in The Netherlands for testing and analysis.

    Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW denied access to Douma

    “They will be split and dispatched for analysis by the OPCW designated labs.” 

    The statement said inspectors would continue with their fact-finding mission based on interviews with relevant people and analysis of samples. The team did not say how long the inspections would take. 

    Representatives of OPCW arrived in Syria on the second week of April, but was only allowed to visit Douma starting last Saturday, April 21.

    The delay of the inspections raised questions about whether there would still be enough evidence left for the investigators to gather. 

    The United States and France accused Russia of blocking access to the site, where rescuers and medics said dozens of people were killed on April 7.

    The Syrian government and Moscow say the alleged chemical attack, which prompted a series of air strikes by Western allies as an act of retaliation, was staged.

    They also contend that the US-led air strikes only delayed the deployment the inspectors to Douma.

    It had a rotten smell’: Douma ‘chemical attack’ survivors speak

    Initially, the OPCW team deployed to Douma had not been able to enter the site because of security concerns.

    The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) officials had to withdraw from the first location as the presence of large crowd there raised security fears.

    At the second site, they came under small arms fire and an explosive device was detonated nearby.

    The town of Douma was under rebel control and facing a government air and ground assault when the suspected attack took place.

    Images that emerged from Douma at the time showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.

    Opposition groups gave up the town in the days after the incident. Thousands of people – rebels and civilians – left on buses to northern Syria, believing they could not reconcile with the government after it took over the town.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/chemical-inspectors-reach-site-douma-gas-attack-180425144334356.html

    The Syrian war has been going on for more than seven years.

    In the same category are

    Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza: Israeli army Tear gas is fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinian demonstrators against the blockade A rocket was fired into Israel from the Gaza strip on We...
    Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national cannabis mar...
    Canada to become second country to legalise recreational cannabis At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation Canada is set to become the second and largest country with a legal national ca...
    Migrant caravan activists: Trump to blame for Honduras situation Hondurans fleeing from poverty and violence travel in a truck as part of their journey after leaving Ocotepeque, Honduras Esquipulas, Guatemala - H...
    Egypt says security forces killed 450 fighters in Sinai peninsula The army on Tuesday rejected criticism from rights groups over the impact on civilians of its campaign in Sinai. Egypt has said its security forces...
    Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya defends ‘integrity’ amid ICC charges After his playing career, Jayasuriya served as the national team's chairman of selectors Sri Lanka's former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya has s...

    Chemical inspectors reach second site of Douma ‘gas attack’

    Latest news

    More than 465,000 people have been killed since the fighting in Syria began in 2011 [File: AFP]

    Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have reached a second location in the Syrian town of Douma, where a suspected gas attack took place in early April.

    In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its fact finding mission had collected samples from the location, which it did not identify. 

    OPWC said those samples and other materials gathered from the site would be brought to The Hague in The Netherlands for testing and analysis.

    Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW denied access to Douma

    “They will be split and dispatched for analysis by the OPCW designated labs.” 

    The statement said inspectors would continue with their fact-finding mission based on interviews with relevant people and analysis of samples. The team did not say how long the inspections would take. 

    Representatives of OPCW arrived in Syria on the second week of April, but was only allowed to visit Douma starting last Saturday, April 21.

    The delay of the inspections raised questions about whether there would still be enough evidence left for the investigators to gather. 

    The United States and France accused Russia of blocking access to the site, where rescuers and medics said dozens of people were killed on April 7.

    The Syrian government and Moscow say the alleged chemical attack, which prompted a series of air strikes by Western allies as an act of retaliation, was staged.

    They also contend that the US-led air strikes only delayed the deployment the inspectors to Douma.

    It had a rotten smell’: Douma ‘chemical attack’ survivors speak

    Initially, the OPCW team deployed to Douma had not been able to enter the site because of security concerns.

    The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) officials had to withdraw from the first location as the presence of large crowd there raised security fears.

    At the second site, they came under small arms fire and an explosive device was detonated nearby.

    The town of Douma was under rebel control and facing a government air and ground assault when the suspected attack took place.

    Images that emerged from Douma at the time showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.

    Opposition groups gave up the town in the days after the incident. Thousands of people – rebels and civilians – left on buses to northern Syria, believing they could not reconcile with the government after it took over the town.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/chemical-inspectors-reach-site-douma-gas-attack-180425144334356.html

    The Syrian war has been going on for more than seven years.

    In the same category are

    Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza: Israeli army Tear gas is fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinian demonstrators against the blockade A rocket was fired into Israel from the Gaza strip on We...
    Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national cannabis mar...
    Canada to become second country to legalise recreational cannabis At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation Canada is set to become the second and largest country with a legal national ca...
    Migrant caravan activists: Trump to blame for Honduras situation Hondurans fleeing from poverty and violence travel in a truck as part of their journey after leaving Ocotepeque, Honduras Esquipulas, Guatemala - H...
    Egypt says security forces killed 450 fighters in Sinai peninsula The army on Tuesday rejected criticism from rights groups over the impact on civilians of its campaign in Sinai. Egypt has said its security forces...
    Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya defends ‘integrity’ amid ICC charges After his playing career, Jayasuriya served as the national team's chairman of selectors Sri Lanka's former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya has s...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.