No Evidence of Chemical Attack in Syria’s Douma

The Syrian Red Crescent issued a statement Monday dismissing the allegations of a weekend chemical weapon attack in the city of Douma. The statement insisted their medical personnel in the city had found no evidence any such attack took place.

The Syrian Red Crescent said their hospital in Douma received six patients complaining of respiratory problems, but said they didn’t seem to have any physical problems at all, nor was there any trace of any chemical agents they might’ve been exposed to.

Chemical attack or no, it wouldn’t be surprising for some people to complain of symptoms without actually having any problems. That the Red Crescent operates a hospital in a city supposedly inundated with wounded and didn’t get a single patient with confirmed exposure, however, is very noteworthy.

The Russian Defense Ministry also reported that their own medics had examined some patients in Douma, and had the same result, that none showed signs of chemical poisoning. With White Helmets claiming scores killed and over 500 wounded by exposure, it seems impossible to believe that if it was true no one can find any of these “real” patients to confirm an attack.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) (Arabic: الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري‎ Al-Hilal al-Aḥmar al-Arabi al-Souri) is a humanitarian nonprofit organization. Its headquarters is in the Syrian capital city of Damascus. The society was founded in 1942, and admitted to the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1946. The society is part of the International Federation and has been recognized by the ICRC. The SARC has 14 branches all over Syria and 75 sub-branches. Based on volunteers, SARC has around 11,000 Trained Volunteers that work in First Aid, First Aid Training, Disaster Response relief & Disaster Response, psycho-social support and health in general. SARC also has local partners of Charity organizations and also works with the relevant components of the Syrian community, with UN agencies and NGOs.

The organisation is working in the Syrian Civil War and is engaged in evacuation of people from war torn region to other places. It is shifting people and militants who surrender and relocates to other place. When Darayya surrendered to government forces, the militants were relocated by the red crescent.

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