The OPCW again raises the accusation that the Syrian government is responsible for a poison gas attack in the city of Duma in 2018. Syria rejects the allegations and accuses the organization of allowing itself to be used as an instrument.
The journalist Karin Leukefeld, reporting from Syria, writes in an article for the daily newspaper young world by a renewed dispute between the Syrian government on the one hand and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the other.
Syria rejects the organization’s renewed allegations that the Syrian government carried out a poison gas attack on its own population in the city of Douma in 2018.
At a press conference held in Damascus on Thursday, the Syrian ambassador to the OPCW, Milad Attia, distanced himself from the Netherlands-based organization, Leukefeld writes. According to Attia, the “investigation and identification team” (IIT) was set up under pressure from Great Britain, France and the USA.
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Attia called on the OPCW Technical Secretariat not to publish transcripts of reports prepared by both Western countries and Israel. The establishment of an investigation and identification team does not correspond to the rules of the OPCW. The ITT represents the interests of the countries that created it.
In this context, Leukefeld once again recalls the sequence of events. Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Conference in 2012. As a result, Syria turned over all of its stockpiles of chemical weapons to the OPCW. In 2016, the OPCW confirmed the complete destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
Now it is again about an alleged poison gas attack in the city of Duma in 2018, for which the ITT blames the Syrian army. Immediately after the alleged attack, the United States, together with Great Britain and France, carried out a large-scale retaliatory attack.
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An investigative team was only able to start the investigation in Douma afterwards and found no evidence of the use of chemical weapons. However, the report was halted and replaced with another one suggesting the use of chemical weapons.
Two of the inspectors involved in the investigation protested but were discredited by the OPCW as to their credibility. Now another report has been published accusing Syria of a poison gas attack against its own people. This also spoke at the press conference and revealed the inconsistencies of the story, reports Leukefeld.
In the hospital responsible, no cases were recorded that day that indicated a poison gas attack. A video of crying children released by the White Helmets is not authentic. The people shown did not belong to the hospital. The children were treated improperly and hosed down with cold water, says doctor Hassan Ejon, who was on duty that day. This is how the pictures were made. The video circulated in Western media as evidence of the Syrian government’s guilt.
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Another attendee at the press conference pointed out that the bodies of the alleged victims had disappeared.
The OPCW repeatedly attracts attention because it can be instrumentalized for political purposes. In connection with the alleged poisoning of the Russian political blogger Alexej Navalny, the organization allowed itself to be harnessed by the federal government for political purposes.
The technical secretariat was prohibited from releasing the test results to Russia. According to the organization, it was able to detect an unlisted substance at the time. The German media used the statement as alleged proof that Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.
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