Syrians Celebrate, OPCW to Continue Chemical Weapon Probe

Marco Green
April 16, 2018

The site west of the city of Homs was an alleged underground chemical weapons storage facility, doubling as a command post.

"We are actually telling Assad that it's okay to kill Syrians in any other way but through chemical weapons".

They arrived in Damascus on Saturday but there were no reports they yet had travelled to Douma to begin their field work.

"I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government", Eid said.

The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles on Saturday targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

Douma was the final rebel holdout in an nearly two-month regime assault to reconquer the last opposition bastion outside Damascus.

Wresting back the opposition stronghold on the doorstep of Damascus had been a priority for the resurgent regime.

There's been widespread condemnation of the incident including from US President Donald Trump.

That drew derision from his critics and parallels with president George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier nearly exactly 15 years ago.

"Yesterday we saw American aggression".

The US air force confirmed on Sunday that B-1B bombers deployed at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar took part in the strikes.

It said no deaths from mechanical injuries were visible and all symptoms were characteristic of a chemical weapons attack, particularly choking agents and organophosphorus agents or hydrocyanic acid.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said the Syrian war would continue despite the "successful" strikes, saying the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was to respond to repeated chemical attacks.

The US President has declared the US, UK and French strikes on Syria a success, as Russian Federation has described them unlawful.

The image below, released by the US Department of Defense, shows the damage up close.

Damascus and its ally Russian Federation have denounced the Western action, in particular for refusing to wait until the results of the fact-finding mission sent by the OPCW in the wake of the April 7 incident. The Security Council is deadlocked over how to replace it.

The air and sea strikes were a response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma a week before, which killed at least 42 people and injured hundreds.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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