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-White Helmets centre in Saqba, eastern Ghouta:
-White Helmets Complex Down Lane From Terrorist Bomb Making Factory, Ghouta, In Gaza blog
-Syria: Rebels Caught Executing Survivor of Ghouta Chemical Massacre (2013),Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta VIDEO
-White Helmets centre in Ansari, Aleppo.
-Pierre Le Corf on pyschological effects of war on youths:
-Aleppo Residents on Life Without Terrorists in City, and Terrorist Bombings From Outskirts, In Gaza blog
-Sharmine Narwani’s “Syria: The hidden massacre”, RT.com
-Tim Andersons’ “Syria: how the violence began, in Daraa”, Op Ed News
-Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive, Eva Bartlett op ed, RT.com, excerpts:
What if chemicals had been at targeted locations?
In the same Pentagon briefing, General Joseph Dunford specified the US and allies’ targets in Syria, alleging they were “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program.” One target, at which 76 missiles were fired, was the Barzeh scientific research centre in heavily-populated Damascus itself, which Dunford claimed was involved in the “development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.”
This ‘target’ is in the middle of a densely-inhabited area of Damascus. According to Damascus resident Dr. (of business and economy) Mudar Barakat, who knows the area in question, “the establishment consists of a number of buildings. One of them is a teaching institute. They are very close to the homes of the people around.”
Of the strikes, Dunford claimed they “inflicted maximum damage, without unnecessary risk to innocent civilians.”
If one believed the claims to be accurate, would bombing them really save Syrian lives, or to the contrary cause mass deaths? Where is the logic in bombing facilities believed to contain hazardous, toxic chemicals in or near densely populated areas?
Regarding the actual nature of the buildings bombed, Syrian media, SANA, describes the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Research Institute as “centered on preparing the chemical compositions for cancer drugs.” The destruction of this institute is particularly bitter, as, under the criminal western sanctions, cancer medicines sales to Syria are prohibited.
Interviews with one of its employees, Said Said, corroborate SANA’s description of the facility making cancer treatment and other medicinal components. One article includes Said’s logical point: “If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here. I’ve been here since 5:30 am in full health – I’m not coughing.”
Of the facility, the same SANA article noted that its labs had been visited by the OPCW, which issued two reports negating claims of any chemical weapons activities. This is a point Syria’s Ambassador al-Ja’afari raised in the April 14 UN Security Council meeting, noting that the OPCW “handed to Syria an official document which confirmed that the Barzeh centre was not used for any type of chemical activity” that would be in contravention to Syria’s obligations regarding the OPCW.
On terrorist mortars on Damascus, and the calm that now prevails:
-Life under shelling: Insight into traditional Damascus home damaged in attacks (VIDEO), In Gaza blog
-Terrorists’ Attack on Damascus Restaurant and Homes: “They have no humanity and no respect for children”, July 27, 2016, In Gaza blog
-The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians, Eva Bartlett, Sep 11, 2014, Zero Anthropology
-University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism, Eva Bartlett, from Feb 2015 visit, In Gaza blog
-Damascus by day and night: life, May 2, 2014 [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]
-Not only mortars, but gunfire, too, on Damascus, Apr 28, 2014
-Mortars on Damascus one quiet courtyard night, Apr 27, 2014
-More insights into Bab Touma mortar attacks, Apr 23, 2014