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Syria: Damascus rejects OPCW report on 2018 chlorine attack


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Syria maintains that the attack, which killed 43 people, was staged by rescuers

The government of Syria rejected Today it “completes” the report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that blames it for a 2018 chlorine attack near Damascus that killed 43 people.

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On Friday, investigators of OOH said in a report that there were “reasonable grounds to believe” that at least one Syrian Air Force helicopter dropped two barrels of toxic gas on residential buildings in the rebel-held city of Douma during the 2018 war.

“Syria completely rejects the conclusions of the OPCW report” on the alleged use” of chlorine in Douma in April 2018, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement cited by the official Sana news agency.

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“The report lacks scientific evidence”he added, denouncing “misleading conclusions”.

At the time, Westerners blamed Bashar al-Assad’s presidency for this “horrific” attack. And a few days later, the United States, France and the United Kingdom carried out airstrikes against sites used, according to those countries, in the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program.

Damascus and its Russian ally said the attack staged by lifeguardsa charge rejected by the OACHO.

According to the report, OPCW investigators considered a “range of possible scenarios” and concluded that “Syrian air force (were) the perpetrators of this attack.”

The Syrian government denies the use of chemical weapons and says it surrendered its stockpiles under a 2013 deal reached after an alleged sarin gas attack killed 1,400 people in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

The war in Syria that broke out in 2011 following the crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests has left nearly half a million dead and millions displaced.


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