Chemical Weapons inspectors launch a test in alleged deadly gas attack
FILE – A child is being treated in a hospital in Douma, east Ghouta, Syria, after a Syrian medical aid group suspected a chemical attack on April 7, 2018
International chemical weapons inspectors face a dilemma.
They were delivered by rebels with the coordinates of the burial ground of dozens of victims of the alleged fatal gas attack, which earlier this month resulted in US-led air strikes on Syria becoming rewards
but for access to corpses they need the permission of Syrian and Russian officials, who they fear will hinder them.
More than 40 victims of the alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian city of Douma on the outskirts of the capital Damascus were buried by insurgents, political activist Zaher ak-Sakat, a rebel commander and unarmed graves Roman Syrian General told the British Sunday Telegraph
They hoped that international inspectors would be able to extract samples from the hair, skin and clothing of the dead, possibly crucial evidence for the assertion of Die Syrian government made a gas attack.
"They were buried exactly as they were found, and it will be easy to get samples of hair and clothes and finally prove what has been used." 19659004 FILE – A child is being hospitalized in Douma, Eastern Ghouta treated in Syria, according to a Syrian medical aid group, data were suspected on April 7, 2018. "src =" https://gdb.voanews.com/6F1A5387-90F3-4D67-9396-62ED2B367851_w250_r0_s.jpg "/>
The United States, France and the UK are still Convinced that Douma was the subject of chemical attacks on April 7, basing its claims on open source information and its own intelligence suggesting chlorine and possibly a nerve agent
The Syrian government and Russia denied that a chemical attack took place, and claimed he was invented or staged by rebels and white helmets, volunteer first responders working in rebel territory
Samples are collected
On Saturday is a group of inspectors of the organization entered the Douma chemical weapons ban after spending nearly a week in the Syrian capital had to wait for permission to begin their work, which would include sampling, survivor statements and video evidence to collect evidence, or to obtain clearance from UN security officials.
France's Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said the delay amounted to "blockage" by the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad's goal was to undermine the probe's caliber.
The OPCW said their team visited one of the two sites allegedly bombed. Collected samples should first be sent to a laboratory in The Hague and then analyzed by other laboratories, the agency said. Other information and "materials" had also been collected by the inspectors.
"The OPCW will assess the situation and consider future steps, including another possible visit to Douma," the Authority said.
Important traces of toxic chemicals would probably still be in Alastair Hay, an environmental toxicologist at the University of Leeds in the UK
said: "Nervous substances such as sarin can remain in the environment for many weeks after use, especially when close to the environment Ortes looks at where a weapon exploded, "he said. "Autopsy specimens, if available, will provide invaluable evidence, and nerve agents can be found in many organs," Hay told AFP.
But signs of chlorine gas are rapidly disappearing, say toxicologists.
Rebels and activists accuse the Syrian government and the Russians of sending military police to Douma after the rebels' withdrawal after April 7, forensic evidence of chemical weapons to remove. The Douma attack has been the subject of a dispute of conflicting claims and counterclaims and competing theories, most of which are on the Internet. The Kremlin accuses Great Britain of ordering the rebels to attack.
"Every war crime in Syria, which is reported extensively in the media, has triggered concerted efforts by pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad individuals and media to spread attacks to Syrian civil defense (White Helmets), an important source for Information and footage on war crimes in conflict These attacks generally fall into two categories: they claim that the White Helmets are al-Qaeda or ISIS (or sometimes both), and claim that the White Helmets images war crimes for gullible Westerners Produce audiences and media, "said Elliot Higgins. A Freelance Investigative Journalist
Higgins' rocket trajectory geo-tagging tracking fired during a 2013 chemical attack has been widely regarded as an important open source evidence that undermines the Syrian government's denial.
The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons during the seven-year conflict. But UN experts and the OVCW have blamed the government for four deadly gas attacks, including one for the rebel city of Khan Sheikhoun a year ago, involving the sarin nerve cell, which killed more than 80 people.
Since April 7 Russian and Syrian broadcasters have broadcast television reports that cast doubt on the Douma attack. Her reports include statements from local doctors and residents, and in one case a child, who said the incident was staged. But the residents of Douma have told Western reporters that testimony has been enforced.