Damascus: The Mission from the ‘Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) investigating the chemical attack used in Douma in Syria was attacked. Although, the Mission has escaped the attack, there can be serious repercussions.
Syria and Russia had to face severe criticism as the Syrian government refused permission for OPCW officials to enter Douma. The western countries alleged that the Syrian government is trying to destroy the evidence of these chemical attacks in Douma.
Chemical attacks were carried out on the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta in Syria, ten days ago. United States and allies had alleged that 60 people were killed in this attack. The United States had criticised that Syria had used weapons banned by the United Nations and had thereby violated the international laws, but Russia had supported Syria and dismissed the allegations of a chemical attack.
An OPCW Mission had been despatched to Syria to investigate the chemical attacks. The vehicle carrying them was shot at when they reached the chemical attacks site in Douma. The firing occurred while the investigation was on- thus, the officials had to leave without completing the investigation and return to Damascus, informed the OPCW. It is reported that the team of investigators reached Douma again on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, there are reports of oppressive tactics being used by the Assad regime to prove that there were no chemical attacks in Douma. The Syrian army is threatening the doctors who treated the injured children and civilians, to not divulge any information. These doctors are being threatened for their lives and even the children are being terrorised by the Syrian army, to claim that no such attack had occurred. There are claims that the Syrian army has been ordered to eliminate the children who do not yield to the pressure.
This Information has been exposed by the British Parliamentarian, Garion Davies and has been carried by the media around the world. This can result in increase in the criticism of the Syrian government and Russia, who is in support of the Syrian government may also have to face criticism.