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DECEMBER 2020

OPCW Visits Second Site Of Supposed Chemical Attack In Syria’s Duma

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OPCW Visits Second Site Of Supposed Chemical Attack In Syria's Duma

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On April 25, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced in an official statement that its fact finding mission had visited a second site of the alleged chemical attack in the district of Duma and had collected samples from it. The OPCW inspected the first site in Duma on April 21.

The OPCW added that its team had also interviewed some people who are related to the alleged chemical attack in Duma district and stressed that these interviews are part of its team’s mission.

“The FFM [fact finding mission] will continue to carry out its independent and impartial mission based on interviews with relevant people, its findings from the site visits, analysis of the sample results, as well as any other information and materials collected,” the OPCW said in its official statement.

In a related development, the OPCW announced that the Russian delegation to the organization will organize a briefing about the alleged chemical attack in Duma in the Hague on April 26. Some Syrians who are related to the alleged attack will speak during the briefing, according to the OPCW.

Several Syrian doctors who worked in the main hospital of the Duma district denied that the district came under a chemical attack on April 7. Later, one of the children who was filmed by the White Helmets organization as a victim of the alleged attack, denied that he was injured in the alleged attack.

Syrian pro-government activists expect that the Russian briefing in the Hague will reveal new details about what really happened in Duma on April 7.

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