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OPCW’s interim report debunks ‘chemical attack’ on Douma

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published an interim report and some technical results regarding the alleged "chemical attack" on the Syrian city of Douma.

Published: July 7, 2018, 11:40 am

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    The OPCW designated labs conducted an analysis of prioritised samples.

    The results show that no organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties.

    Along with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites, for which there is full chain of custody, a Fact Finding Mission (FFM) to Douma that investigated the incident, found. Their work is ongoing.

    The “Sarin” organophosphate use the “rebels” claimed has thus been debunked says blogger Moon of Alabama. No degradation products of such chemicals were found. The presence of “various chlorinated organic chemicals” are also unsurprising. Chlorine is widely used for water purification and cleaning and “chlorinated organic chemicals” will be found in normal households.

    In the technical notes of the OPCW report note that one of its laboratory found “Dichloroacetic acid”, “trichloroacetic acid”, “chloral hydrate”, “trichlorophenol” and “chlorphenol” in some of the samples its fact finding mission took at the claimed incident sites. These are all substances that are no surprise in any upbuild environment and especially within homes.

    Dichloroacetic acid” is for example “a trace product of the chlorination of drinking water”. Chloral hydrate is likewise “a minor side-product of the chlorination of water when organic residues such as humic acids are present”. The other substances are also not uncommon in various household uses.

    The other OPCW laboratory found only “No CWC-scheduled chemicals” and “2,4,6-trinitrotoluene” residues in the samples. Trinitrotoluene, also known as TNT, is an explosive widely used in military ammunition.

    The second laboratory does not report the chlorinated organic chemicals the other laboratory found and neither does the preliminary OPCW report note the concentrations in which these substances were found, suggesting that these concentrations may be extremely low.

    The report includes none of the witness statements the fact finding mission took, despite numerous TV interviews with the medical personal of the one hospital involved in the stunt, stating unequivocally that none of their patients were affected by chlorine or chemical weapons.

    The preliminary OPCW report reinforces real doubts about “rebel” and White Helmet claims.

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    • Le Ruscino

      These are components found in ordinary cleaning chemicals – God forbid that Assad used cleaning chemicals in Syria’s hospitals – What a Monster !

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