Damascus regimes alleged use of chemical weapons

The source said the helicopter was flying from north to south and that a trail of white smoke came down from the helicopter as three objects were dropped. According to the source, the first object landed in the northern area of the town, the second landed in the middle of the courtyard of a family house, and the third landed close to an opposition checkpoint on the road to Idlib.

Around a doctor at the Shifa Hospital was called in order to assist with two patients, a year-old woman and her pregnant daughter-in-law. The year-old woman was severely intoxicated. She died between and just before arriving at a hospital in Turkey. Her daughter-in-law had moderate symptoms and recovered after 15 to 20 minutes of atropine treatment, but was also sent to a hospital in Turkey.

She arrived at a border hospital at She could then walk, but had, according to the medical officer, nausea and was vomiting.

Other alleged victims with milder symptoms was also sent to Turkey, [1] p37 however, the examining doctor did not observe symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, [1] p40 and initial tests of blood samples tested negative for sarin gas. The UN mission collected evidence that suggests that chemical weapons were used in the attack on "a small scale" against civilians. However, "in the absence of primary information on the delivery system s and environmental samples collected and analysed under the chain of custody", the UN mission "could not establish the link between the alleged event, the alleged site and the deceased woman".

On 26 AprilFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the sarin used in the attack was similar to the sarin used in the 4 April Khan Shaykhun chemical attack and that hexamine was found in samples taken after both attacks. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Syrian Civil War. Civil uprising in Syria March—August Start of insurgency Sept.

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Russian intervention Sept. Aleppo escalation and Euphrates Shield March —April Rebels in retreat and Operation Olive Branch Nov. Further, it is unlikely that the opposition could fabricate this volume of media reports on regime chemical weapons use.

Such a widespread fabrication would require a highly organized and compartmented campaign to deceive multiple media outlets while evading our detection. The Syrian regime and Russia have also claimed that a terrorist group conducted the attacks or that the attacks were staged are not consistent with the existing body of credible information.

The Syrian regime, conversely, has already been condemned by United Nations UN investigators for past and continued chemical weapons attacks. It is the only actor in Syria with both the motive and the means to deploy nerve agents.

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The use of helicopters further implicates the regime; no non-state group has conducted air operations in the conflict.

Security Council Saturday at an emergency meeting convened by Russia in an attempt to protest the strike. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents. The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are considering military retaliation. Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, has warned that US air strikes risk starting a war.

Independent chemical weapons inspectors are expected to arrive in the area of the alleged attack on Saturday. The White House says it is continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies about how to respond.

Control over the town has since passed from rebels to the Syrian and Russian military authorities.

The Violations Documentation Center VDCa Syrian opposition network which records alleged violations of international law in Syria, said bodies were found foaming at the mouth, and with discoloured skin and burns to the eyes.

On Thursday, unnamed US officials told NBC News they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

Mais au même moment, Mattis That process that could take days, and any findings will not determine who committed an attack, he said. But some do say the PM is taking her time. On one level, they say this is just her character, to be cautious and methodicalto play it by the book.

She wants to work out what is in the UK national interest, to understand what other countries want to achieve, to assess all the options and consequences. And yes, that involves assessing the risk of losing a vote in Parliament on this.

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This will matter if any military action is not a one-off but a sustained strategy that envisages air strikes the next time Syria drops chemical weapons and the next.

Crucially, I am told that Mrs May also wants to make sure that the case against Syria is as comprehensive as possible. She wants as much information as possible about the suspected chemical attack on Douma - above all, so she can say who was responsible.

She wants to make sure she has her ducks and arguments in a row for the potential political flak she could face. There are signs that the US and the French are also taking their time. This has coincided with a request from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma.

The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly. The OPCW cannot and will not release information about an on-going investigation. This policy exists to preserve the integrity of the investigatory process and its results as well as to ensure the safety and security of OPCW experts and personnel involved. All parties are asked to respect the confidentiality parameters required for a rigorous and unimpeded investigation.

As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons. Over ninety-six per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor States have been destroyed under OPCW verification.

Syrie OPCW. Almost three-quarters of a million Syrians have been forced out of their homes by fighting in the first months ofaccording to the senior UN official coordinating the crisis response.

North Korea has been shipping supplies to the Syrian government that could be used in the production of chemical weapons, United Nations experts contend. The evidence of a North Korean connection comes as the United States and other countries have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons on civilians, including recent attacks on civilians in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta using what appears to have been chlorine gas.

The supplies from North Korea include acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, according to a report by United Nations investigators. The report highlights the potential danger posed by any such trade between Syria and North Korea, which could allow Syria to maintain its chemical weapons while also providing North Korea with cash for its nuclear and missile programs. The possible chemical weapons components were part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments by North Korea to Syria between and of prohibited ballistic missile parts and materials that could be used for both military and civilian purposes, according to the report, which has not been publicly released but which was reviewed by The New York Times.

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Iraq is now allied with Iran, and the Hashad militia PMU are becoming a widely mobilized fighting force. The second stage was Today, Hizbullah is a regional force, and not a just Lebanese one. The third strike was at Syria. And with it, the Gulf States, but particularly Saudi Arabia are damaged. The latter has relied on the force of Wahabbism since the first foundation of the kingdom: but Wahabbism in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq has been roundly defeated and discredited even for most Sunni Muslims.

It may well be defeated in Yemen too. This defeat will change the face of Sunni Islam.

Already, we see the Gulf Cooperation Council, which originally was founded in by six Gulf tribal leaders for the sole purpose of preserving their hereditary tribal rule in the Peninsula, now warring with each other, in what is likely to be a protracted and bitter internal fight. The Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center is the code name for part of the Syrian unconventional weapons industry.

The reports do not provide details of the damage to the facility and what it made. But an official statement said the attack was meant to raise the morale of Islamic State fighters after they suffered serious casualties in the fighting around Deir ez-Zor. It is not completely clear whether this facility, where they manufacture long-range missiles and artillery shells, also continues to assemble chemical weapons shells.

But if Israel knows about such production at the plant, then there is no doubt the United States and Russia know about it too. We can assume Israel informed Washington before the attack and received the necessary nod of approval. As far as Russia is concerned, meanwhile, it seems Israel decided to attack from within Lebanese territory to avoid the need to coordinate its operation with the Russians — as is required from the understandings between the two air forces whenever Israel sends fighter jets into Syrian territory — and to prevent the information from leaking out.

This was not the first alleged Israeli aerial attack in Syrian territory, of course. But the timing is quite interesting. It comes after Russia threatened to veto any UN Security Council resolution that describes Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and a short time after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi — a meeting Netanyahu returned from without any Russian commitment to bring about an Iranian pullback from Syrian lands.

The Iranian explanation was that because Tehran was not a partner to the agreement, it was not obligated by it. Russia has avoided Syrian negotiations since then, whether local or international, without Iranian participation.

The cellulite oahu on the weapons facility, especially one suspected of producing chemical weapons, is seemingly an act that should not cause an aggressive Russian response. Four years ago, Russia convinced then-President Barack Obama at the last minute not to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons in Aleppo, and in return co-signed a tripartite agreement in which Syria agreed to destroy or send to Russia its entire chemical weapons inventory.

Now, Russia may attempt to prove that the facility did not produce such weapons, but it is doubtful it will strain itself too much in doing so. By the way, that agreement included chlorine gas too, which the Syrian army still continues to use. Even Russia made it clear back in that it would not object to an attack on chemical weapons stores if the UN decided on such a step, and if it is proved Syria did use such weapons.

The new element in the latest attack — if Israel did indeed carry out such an attack — is that Israel now defines what it sees as a threat in a much broader sense.

Russian agreement to expanding that definition could grant Israel approval for other attacks — such as against Syrian Air Force bases, or even against Syrian ground forces, with the argument that they are considered a threat.

If this happens, Russia could declare that any foreign planes entering Syrian airspace would be considered a legitimate target for the Russian Air Force, except for coalition planes fighting against the Islamic State.

Following numerous reports on the renewed use of chlorine gas by the Syrian army, the Americans would have been forced to act. And this could have caused its relations with Russia to deteriorate even further. This time, not only as an interested observer knocking on the doors of the superpowers in order to promote its own security interests, but as an active partner whose military presence adds yet another component to the array of forces which already includes Russia, Iran, Turkey and Syria.

For example, Iran, Turkey and Russia are about to establish a security zone in the Idlib province, where most of the militia forces of the Al-Shams Front formerly Nusra Frontwhich is affiliated with Al-Qaida, are concentrated.

This is a region where Iran and Turkey have opposing interests, even though both are interested in a cease-fire. Turkey wants to use this region as a strategic base for military operations against the Syrian Kurdish regions that border Turkey. Iran sees Idlib province as a strategic outpost to serve as a base for its control of Syria. All three countries are planning a combined attack against the rebel centers, if Russia is unable to enforce a cease-fire according to the model that was built in the southern provinces.

But the takeover of Idlib — like the military campaign in Deir ez-Zor in southeastern Syria, where ISIS continues to rack up losses — is preparing the diplomatic channels for a permanent agreement. Russia is striving to demonstrate control of Idlib and Deir ez-Zor by the end of next week, when the representatives of the various parties in the Syrian civil war are set to meet in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Syrian-Russian control of these two provinces would strengthen the diplomatic working assumption that Assad will continue to be Syrian president, especially since opponents of his regime in Europe, the United States and Turkey — and even Saudi Arabia — have nearly completely withdrawn their demands to remove him as a precondition to any negotiations.

Such a result would prise de poids phase consolidation globale Israel to be a partner, even if only indirectly, in the process of establishing a new Syrian government; in the debate over the status of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria; and the guarantees that Russia, and not the United States, can provide in response to the possible threats resulting from such an agreement.