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UN surveillance team fired on Duma

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe United States and its allies want to prevent the arrival of investigators on the scene of the alleged chemical attack in Duma, for fear that the observations on the spot do not belie the accusations against the Syrian forces.

While Damascus and Moscow welcome UN investigators to Duma, those who want to keep the blur around the chemical weapons case have tried to prevent the arrival of UN agents at the scene of the alleged chemical attack .

Just after setting foot in Duma near Damascus, members of the UN surveillance team were attacked Wednesday by unidentified gunmen.

“The UN surveillance team was fired upon by unknown gunmen in Duma and investigators had to postpone their visit to the scene of the alleged chemical attack in Duma,” Ahmet Uzumcu, the chief executive of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Unlike the Syrian government and the Russian authorities, who denied the use of chemical weapons in Duma, the United States and its Western allies claim that Syrian government forces dropped a chemical bomb on April 7 (probably a chlorine bomb) on this city.

As soon as the armed groups announced the use of such weapons in Duma, the Syrian government and its allies demanded that investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons come to clear the case. However, before the UN surveillance team left for Syria, the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out strikes on Syria under the pretext of Damascus’ involvement in the use of Syria. alleged chemical weapons in the region of Eastern Ghouta.

The strike against Syria has therefore delayed the departure of the investigators for Duma. Now that strangers have fired on the UN surveillance team, observers are questioning the intentions of those who want to prevent the investigation of the merits of the charges against the Syrian army relating to the use of chemical substances in Duma.

Some experts believe that the United States and its allies want to prevent the arrival of investigators on the scene of the alleged chemical attack in Duma lest the observations on the spot refute the accusations against the Syrian forces.