No trace of chemical attack in Douma

Summary

There are no traces of a chemical attack whatsoever in Douma, and the doctors in the hospital in Douma said there were no chemical attacks.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

Background:

On Saturday April 7th, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 105
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Douma, OPCW, Chemical weapons/attack
  • Outlet: Bal-Rad
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Disproof

No evidence given for any "provocation".

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The White Helmets fabricated Douma chemical attack when the UK theory about the alleged chemical attack in Salisbury started to fall apart

The White Helmets organisation is controlled by British secret services and its members are responsible for fabricating evidence of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. The White Helmets carried out the fabrication when the British theory about the alleged chemical attack in Salisbury started to fall apart.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets, Sergei Skripal poisoning, and chemical attack in Douma, Syria. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77488&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=,

On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

The White Helmets have faked images of chemical attack in Douma, just like in Khan Sheikhoun a year ago

Proof that Douma chemical weapons attack was staged. The White Helmets have faked images of chemical attack in Douma, just like in Khan Sheikhoun a year ago. In 2015, the White Helmets used ordinary people from cities controlled by the militants as actors: either you do what is ordered, or get executed.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria and the White Helmets.  https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=, euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=,

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