BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – An alleged chemical arsenal was discovered by Russian servicemen in the basement of a high-rise apartment building in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on Tuesday.

A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence reports that chemicals such as chlorine, thiodiglycol and diethylamide were found.

According to Douma resident Radwan Kakhal, people who worked in the basement would not allow anyone to come close by. “The last time they even kicked us out of the destroyed mosque nearby,” he said.

Several Western powers, led by the United States, claimed chemical substances were used by Syrian government forces on April 7.

The claim has been denied by Damascus and Moscow, who called allegations a “fabrication.”

On April 14 the US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus as a response to the alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians.

Video credit: Rutply

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What chances the OPCW will deign to visit this site?

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If the US/UK has any say in it, NONE.

Nikki Haley will say its a a Cough Mixture manufacturer as Assad has denied the civilians cough mixture 🙂

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Yes that is the problem. But maybe some recipes can be found or some contaminated equipment. That is what I would look for when I am in a strange laboratory. Civilian chemists should be still there – if there were civilian uses. They could be asked.

p.s. Medicals or poisons can use the same precursors and basically the same laboratory equipments. And that is why all Western complaints about such deliveries to Syria are so hypocritical.

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OPCW may visit. But it is not as clear as the article suggests. The substances are multi multipurpose. Medicals or poisons can use the same precursors. Thiodiglycol is a solvent but also the precursor of mustard gas – AFAIK. If OPCW visit they will look for what was produced or done there. Nobody will hide civilian uses. But if no clear use is found … p.s. OPCW will mainly look for usage on the sites of the propaganda movies. But the content of this laboratory may give them an idea what to look for besides the alleged chlorine. BTW. The… Read more »

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Whatever they find will NOT be coherent with Russian narrative! Russian have been saying that it all was staged, so OPCW should find NOTHING, as the Russian investigators have ALREADY said there’s no trace of chemicals in Duma.
Any other outcome would tell the West that chemicals were used, which’d just confirm the “righteousness” of the strike – coz Assad is guilty by default.

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Maria Zakarova said that perts of Douma are still under the Western foreign terror squads of Jaish al-Islam who were hindering the OPCW team from accessing the site. Weren’t we told that all of Douma had been liberated and came under full government control?