Footage of Douma Attack Staged, so-Called Evidence is 'Fake' - Moscow

Footage of Douma Attack Staged, so-Called Evidence is 'Fake' - Moscow

Here is the information the Western countries say they have about the suspected Syrian poison gas assault on Douma.

Moscow immediately denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria at the weekend.

OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said Syrian and Russian officials cited "pending security issues" as the reason for keeping inspectors away from the area two days after they flew in.

Douma is the largest town of the suburbs known as eastern Ghouta and its capture marks the biggest victory for President Bashar Assad's forces since the conflict began seven years ago.

The lack of access to Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left unanswered questions about the attack.

France concluded after technical analysis of open sources and "reliable intelligence" that a chemical attack on Douma on April 7 was carried out by Syrian government forces, a declassified intelligence report said on Saturday. I'm sure Russian Federation will be providing that irrefutable proof any day now, just as soon as they finish scrubbing the Douma site of any evidence and blocking inspectors from doing their jobs.

It said no deaths from mechanical injuries were visible and all symptoms were characteristic of a chemical weapons attack, particularly choking agents and organophosphorus agents or hydrocyanic acid.

"I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site", he told the BBC.

France, the United States and Britain circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council late on Saturday that aims to establish a new independent inquiry into who is to responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Western states have used those videos as proof of Damascus' involvement in the alleged chemical attack in order to launch strikes against Syria.

Despite polls showing scant support for the move, May said it had been her "responsibility as prime minister to make these decisions", while Macron also defended his move as part of his constitutional powers.

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands global accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts", Ward was quoted as saying.

OPCW inspectors have raised questions about the SSRC since 2013, when Damascus joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to do away with its stockpile to avert threatened strikes under President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government allowed foreign media on Monday to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack in eastern Ghouta.

It included a visit to the main hospital to which the victims of the alleged chemical attack where taken. Both Russia and Syria have condemned the airstrikes as a breach of worldwide law, and insist that Assad forces did not deploy chemical weapons. "Suffocation cases arrived as a result of the debris, dust, fire and smoke".

Russian ambassador Shulgin repeated the accusations telling reporters in The Hague that Douma residents had not been able to produce "a single body".

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