THE Syria chemical attack inspectors' security team is reported to have been shot at in Douma - further delaying a probe into the gas atrocity. Gunfire was reported today in the Syrian town north of Damascus - where investigators were about to inspect the site of the suspected poison gas attack. The UN security team is in Syria there to assess the situation ahead of the planned visit by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), sources said. They are investigating the alleged gassing on April 7, in which Western countries and rescue workers say scores of civilians were gassed to death by government forces, which Damascus denies. The US, France and the UK carried out a coordinated attack on Syria's chemical weapons sites on April 14 as a direct retaliation of the alleged attack. A delay in the arrival of the inspectors at the Douma site has become a source of diplomatic dispute, because Western countries accuse Damascus and Moscow of hindering the … [Read more...] about Syria chemical attack investigators’ security team ‘shot at in Douma’ further delaying probe into gas atrocity
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France’s foreign ministry has said it is “very likely” that proof has disappeared from the location of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, adding it was essential that international inspectors be given full access to the site. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but did not gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after revel forces withdrew, until Tuesday afternoon. “It is very likely that proof and essential elements are disappearing from this site,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Read more Syrian media says reports of overnight strikes were ‘false alarm’ It follows a row between the US and UK, on one hand, and Moscow on the other, over inspectors’ access to Douma. Theresa May has accused Russia of blocking the OPCW from travelling to the area, while Kenneth Ward, the US envoy to the body, … [Read more...] about Syria chemical attack latest: France says evidence is likely ‘disappearing’ from Douma site ahead of inspectors’ visit
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks – and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world – despite all the doubters – is perfectly genuine. War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm. Read more Trump halts plans for new sanctions on Russia If May wants to help Syria she should accept more refugees Had the Syria debate come … [Read more...] about The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack
As a result of the outrageous use of chemical weapons in Syria, many of the leaders in the West are supporting Trump’s belligerent stance. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement ending the Troubles in the north of Ireland, the former taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked why earlier attempts to bring peace had failed. Ahern observed that peace was not established until all the protagonists were given a place in the peace talks. Food for thought? John McLorinanSomerset The answer to violence is not more violence Assad’s forces allegedly deploying chemical weapons caused horrendous suffering and deaths of civilians in one Syrian location. Western governments now argue that we, using conventional bombs, should cause horrendous suffering and deaths, albeit not intended but just foreseen, in another Syrian location. Am I getting that right? I wonder how keen Putin and Assad, Trump and May, would be to continue those battles if … [Read more...] about Did anyone ever think to just talk to Bashar al-Assad about the chemical attack in Syria?
Suspected chemical attacks over the weekend killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1000 in Syria's rebel-held eastern Ghouta, a Syria medical relief group says.The death toll is likely to rise, according to the Union of Medical Care Organisations, a coalition of international aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria and which is partly based in Paris."The numbers keep rising as relief workers struggle to gain access to the subterranean areas where gas has entered and hundreds of families had sought refuge," the group said in a statement on Monday. … [Read more...] about 60 die in chemical attack: Syria aid group