Chemical Inspectors Collect More Samples from Syria's Douma

26 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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Russian Federation has previously claimed that only 71 of 103 missiles launched by the coalition made it past Syria's antiquated air defenses.

"We are naturally concerned about the condition in which the relationship between Israel and Iran in the light of mutual threats and rejection by these countries to each other".

The fact-finding mission (FFM) arrived in Damascus on April 14, but was delayed by a week before it could get to sites it deemed of interest.

The Syrian Archive, which works with human rights groups such as Amnesty International, said it has verified 861 videos covering some 212 attacks — a lot of them believed to have been carried out by government forces. The three countries struck Syrian chemical weapons facilities in joint airstrikes a week later. Damascus and Moscow insist there was no chemical weapons attack.

Husari says that in one segment, the reports use behind the scenes images from the set of his short film called "Chemical", as it was being filmed in the eastern Ghouta region in 2016. Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, said on Monday that his country is "fully ready" to cooperate with the fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that's in Syria to investigate the alleged chemical attack that triggered US -led airstrikes. The West, convinced Syrian forces carried out the attack with chemical weapons, launched airstrikes a week later.

Russian S-400 Triumph/SA-21 Growler medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems are transported during the Victory Day parade at Red Square, in Moscow, on May 9, 2015.




Immediately following the reports that Syria would be getting S-300s, Israel threatened to destroy the S- systems if Israeli warplanes are targeted.

Interestingly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet.

The Russian Defense Ministry also showed missile fragments, saying they represent evidence disproving claims by US President Donald Trump and various US military officials, who boasted that all of the 105 missiles fired on Syria reached their targets.

"Russian specialists will continue training Syrian military personnel, as well as assist in the development of new air defense systems, the deliveries of which will be carried out in the near future", Rudskoy told the news agency.

Those tests will determine whether or not chemical weapons were used. Israel also has warned that it will not accept a permanent military presence in Syria by Iran, also a staunch Assad supporter.

"The [unnamed] official said other flights, including at least one from an Iranian cargo jet, have also caught United States attention", CNN notes.

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