'They gave dates & cookies to kids at Douma hospital' – father of ‘chem attack’ victim

Militants blocking OPCW inspectors from ‘chem-attack’ site in Douma – Russian deputy FM

Militants are preventing the OPCW team from accessing Syria’s Douma, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said, adding that he suspects someone doesn’t want the site of the alleged chemical attack investigated.

“There are militants who terrorize citizens and, among other things, impede the normal work of representatives of the international community – the UN and the OPCW [Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons]. Someone does not want an objective professional investigation [to be carried out],” the diplomat told RIA Novosti on Thursday.  When asked if there is a security threat to the OPCW mission, the deputy minister said: “As events show, there is.” read more

Containers with chlorine from Germany, smoke bombs from UK’s Salisbury found in E. Ghouta – Moscow

Containers with chlorine from Germany and smoke grenades produced in Salisbury, UK were found in the liberated territories of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has stated.

“In the liberated areas of Eastern Ghouta, Syrian government troops have found containers with chlorine – the most horrible kind of chemical weapons – from Germany, and also smoke grenades produced – please pay attention [to this] – in the city of Salisbury, the UK,” Zakharova told a news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

The findings undermine “the faith in humaneness” of some states’ leadership, who “give such orders and make such decisions,” Zakharova added.

Prior to the alleged chemical incident in Douma, which was used by the US, the UK and France as a pretext for striking Syria last Saturday, Russia had repeatedly warned about possible provocations by the militants, according to the spokesperson. Moscow had also sent data to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on chemical-weapons production facilities in the liberated areas of Eastern Ghouta. read more


Britain admits OPCW did not confirm ‘essential evidence’ on origin of Skripal poison

Where’s the motive? Another ex-British military chief questions Syrian chemical attack

An ex-army chief has questioned claims that Syria’s Bashar Assad used chemical gas against his own people in Douma. Major-General Jonathan Shaw expressed doubts over the attack, noting that Assad had already “won the war.”

Shaw, a former British Special Forces chief, has challenged the UK, US and French government’s line on the alleged Syrian chemical attack in Douma. He told the Daily Mail that Assad has rebels leaving the Eastern Ghoutan province by the busload – so it just doesn’t add up. read more