Douma attack

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White Helmets Douma.jpg
Date7 April 2018
LocationDouma,  Syria

On 7 April 2018, an attack in the Syrian city of Douma reportedly killed at least 70 people.[1]

The Douma attack was a suspected chemical attack, as on-site medics said exposure to chlorine gas and sarin nerve agent killed the victims.[2]

Attribution

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon discussing chemical weapons

The attack was attributed to the Syrian Army by rebel forces in Douma, NGO aid and medical workers there, as well as by the United States and its allies.[3][4]

The statements from the Russian government and military were contradictory: at one instance they said that there was no chemical attack; that the video evidence for it was staged by the White Helmets and British intelligence as a pretext for foreign intervention or that a chemical attack did happen, but that it was perpetrated by the al-Qaeda rebels themselves.[5][6][7]

Retribution

On 14 April 2018, the United States, France and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes against multiple government sites in Syria.[8]

Didn't happen

On 20 January 2020, a former lead investigator for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) testified at the UN that no scientific evidence exists to support claims that a chemical gas attack took place in Douma, Syria, in April 2018.

Ian Henderson, who worked 12 years for the international watchdog body, served as the OPCW’s inspection team leader and engineering expert and assisted in the fact-finding-mission (FFM) in Douma.

Speaking before a UN Security Council session, Henderson said:

“We had serious misgivings that a chemical attack had occurred,” referring to the FFM team in Douma, adding that the evidence he compiled “provided further support for the view that there had not been a chemical attack.”[9]

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Max Blumenthal“The White Helmets are known around the world for rescuing civilians in Syria. But the recent death of its founder, James Le Mesurier, and an unfolding cover-up at the OPCW of an apparently staged chemical weapons incident, has shed new light on the group’s shadowy role in the Syria proxy war. We speak to The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal, whose reporting has exposed the White Helmets’ ties to jihadists groups and its use as a PR tool for Western military intervention in Syria. Blumenthal explains that the White Helmets group (originally known as ARK<a href="#cite_note-4">[4]</a>) was founded and trained in Turkey and financed by UK, US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In Operation Timber Sycamore, and in conjunction with Al-Qaeda and ISIS, the White Helmets were tasked with carrying out regime change ("transition") in Syria and then occupying the country ("stabilisation"). Many slick videos of the work of the White Helmets were produced and in one they are described by British journalist John Cantlie as the Islamic State Fire Brigade.”Max Blumenthal
Aaron Maté
26 November 2019
Riam Dalati“Sick and tired of activists and [Syrian] rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption. Then they wonder why some serious journos are questioning part of the narrative,”Riam DalatiFebruary 2019

 

Event

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Douma attack

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Douma ‘attack’ witnesses speak at Russia-called OPCW briefing at The HagueArticle26 April 2018Halil al-Jaish who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning.
Document:Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisisWikispooks Page17 April 2018Robert Fisk"A Syrian colonel I came across behind one of these buildings asked if I wanted to see how deep the tunnels were. I stopped after well over a mile when he cryptically observed that 'this tunnel might reach as far as Britain'. Ah yes, Ms May, I remembered, whose air strikes had been so intimately connected to this place of tunnels and dust. And gas?"
Document:The Stench of Imperialism: The Statement of Theresa MayArticle20 April 2018Christopher BlackBritish Prime Minister Lies to the Nation on Friday 13 April 2018
Document:The World: What is Really Happeningblog post25 May 2019Craig MurrayAlleged nerve gas attack in Syria - Amanda Martin tweets to George Monbiot: "Don't you smell a set up here though? Craig Murray doesn't think Assad did it."
File:Henderson-Testimony-UN.pdfTranscript10 February 2020Ian Henderson (OPCW)Transcript of the testimony of ex-OPCW inspector Ian Henderson before the UNSC on 20 January 2020 about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria on 18 April 2018, and the subsequent OPCW report about it.


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