Russian Federation slammed for 'stunt' after presenting unharmed Syrians to OPCW


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement on Wednesday that samples taken by the team in the town of Douma, just east of Damascus, will be sent to OPCW designated laboratories for analysis.

Even more intriguing, as pointed out by Russian Federation, another world power that has been present in the region and has worked to help drive out ISIS, is the fact that worldwide inspectors were set to investigate the claims of usage of chemical weapons that Saturday.

The U.K. boycotted the Kremlin's appearance, along with the United States and France, whose ambassador to the Netherlands said Russia's testimony was a sham.

Russian Federation had previously also claimed the attack was staged by The White Helmets by circulating fake videos on social media.

Worse, by presenting the briefing in the OPCW premises, Russian Federation is trying to create the false impression that the OPCW has convened this meeting at Russia's request.

An 11-year-old boy who appeared in the videos attended the news conference.

An OPCW team is now conducting on-site inspections in Syria.

However, Russia has failed to acknowledge concerns that the boy and his father might not have felt free to accurately describe what happened, given that the interview was filmed at a Syrian army facility used by Russian military advisers.

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It can not be predicted what events are going to consequently unfold from these attacks and the rising tensions of Syria's civil war, but in the meantime the United Nations will continue its efforts in inspecting and securing the sites of the chemical attacks in Douma, as reported by the Associated Press.

The OPCW is investigating the deaths of dozens of people in Douma, an enclave in Ghouta, on April 7 which the United States and its allies said was caused by chemical weapons, possibly a nerve agent, used by forces of the Russian-back government of President Bashar al-Assad. These air strikes, having been deliberated on for quite a number of days before they were fired, were met with a great deal of criticism from the left and the right, and surprisingly, were also greeted with praise from different factions from liberals and conservatives also. We never saw any poison or chemical agents.

The town of Douma was under rebel control and facing a government air and ground assault when the suspected attack took place.

He said "patients with choking symptoms" had begun coming to the hospital about 7:00pm, but it "was the result of people breathing in dust and smoke" from the bombardment. Photographs and videos, numerous and mutually reinforcing, have been authenticated.

Aid workers and medics have told the Guardian and others that victims of the Douma attack exhibited symptoms consistent with a toxic gas attack.

The Syrian government and its ally in the seven-year war, Russia, denied responsibility for the attack. The US and its allies accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of carrying out the attack,"without providing any proof of their claim". In Hajar Al Aswad and Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp, both now under the control of ISIS, there was fierce fighting a week into a regime offensive to shore up security around the capital.

Opposition groups gave up the town in the days after the incident.

The Observatory said the government wants to open new fronts against IS to expand pressure on the extremists.