Sep 29, 2020 08:54 UTC
  • OPCW report on 2018 Douma chemical attack may not reflect reality: Ex-inspector

A former lead investigator with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has challenged the final report of the body’s Fact-Finding Mission into an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma near the capital Damascus on April 7, 2018, saying it may not reflect the reality on the ground.

According to Press TV, Ian Henderson raised the argument during an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, which was organized by the Russian Mission.

“I speak for myself, but I know there are other Douma FFM (Fact-Finding Mission) inspectors who hold the similar concerns that I do about the manner in which the investigation was controlled, locked-down… [as well as] the findings reflected in the final FMM report,” he said.

“We believe that there is more than sufficient information out there today that has demonstrated our points that the findings of the FFM report on Douma may not reflect the actual situation,” Henderson added.

Following the suspected chemical attack, Western countries were quick to blame it on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government’s capability to produce chemicals.

Damascus, however, said that no chemical attack had happened and that the incident had been staged by foreign intelligence agencies to pressure the government in the face of army advances against militants back then.

The OPCW concluded that chlorine had most likely been used in the attack. However, Syria and Russia both rejected the findings, saying they believed the incident had been staged by the White Helmets, a group which claims to be a humanitarian NGO but has long been accused of working with anti-Damascus terrorists and staging false-flag gas attacks.