The United States has once again affirmed the responsibility of the Assad regime for the chemical attack on the town of Douma in 2018. According to the website of the American Embassy in Syria, the attack resulted in the death of 43 people. However, human rights reports indicate that the death toll was 60.
The embassy on Friday tweeted, “In January, the @OPCW found the Assad regime responsible for the chemical attack on Douma in 2018 that killed 43, just as it was for the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun six years ago this week which killed nearly 100. There can be #NoImpunity for users of chemical weapons.”
The US embassy added, “No amount of Russian and regime disinformation can refute the facts and the thorough analysis of expert OPCW investigators. We know what happened in Douma, Khan Shaykhun, and elsewhere in Syria, and we will continue to seek accountability for those responsible.”
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) welcomed the findings of the OPCW report on the regime’s responsibility for the chemical attacks. It called on the UN Security Council and major actors to take the necessary steps to punish those responsible, in compliance with their commitment to respond in the event of chemical weapons being used again in Syria.
On April 7, 2018, the town of Douma witnessed a chemical attack during the military campaign led by the regime, with Russian support, to control Eastern Ghouta. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)