A chemical weapon is any toxic substance produced to cause death, injury or temporary incapacitation. It is classified as a weapon of mass destruction. Chemical warfare is one of the most dangerous types of conflict today.
US government officials offered “zero real evidence” that the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical attack in Douma, relying instead on information circulating online, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) said.
The formula of the nerve agent A-234 (‘Novichok’) allegedly used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal, was published in the US in gross breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Russian mission to the OPCW said.
Militants are preventing the OPCW team from accessing Syria’s Douma, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said, adding that he suspects someone doesn’t want the site of the alleged chemical attack investigated.
The boy portrayed as a ‘victim’ in a video of the alleged chemical attack in Douma has told a Russian TV crew that he was asked to go to hospital, where people “grabbed” him and started “pouring water” over his head.
Samples of the BZ nerve agent were tested at the OPCW-accredited Swiss lab in the Skripal poisoning case, but only as part of control procedures, the chemical watchdog said, adding they otherwise had “nothing to do” with the case.
After speaking with eyewitnesses on the ground in Syria, even mainstream media are beginning to cast doubt on the West’s narrative of an alleged gas attack in Douma, as medics tell French, German and UK media it never happened.