Interviews of eyewitnesses in Syria show that there was no chemical attack in Douma, Director of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy Maxim Grigoryev told reporters at a news conference on Friday.
According to Grigoryev, in late June and early July, the organization interviewed people living in the house where the bodies of the supposed chemical attack victims had been found. "These interviews have shown that there was no attack and that the people who had lived in the house for a long time did not know those who were allegedly exposed to chlorine," Grigoryev is quoted as saying by TASS.
The expert noted that the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) experts could have carried out the investigation and witness interview as well. However, for some reason, they failed to do so.
A number of non-governmental organizations, including the White Helmets, claimed that chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s Douma on April 7, 2018. According to a statement posted on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, which caused dozens of fatalities.
On April 9, specialists from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria inspected Douma but found no traces of chemical weapons.