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“We could not breathe”: Inside Douma, Syria, the positioning of obvious chemical assault

DAMASCUS — Worldwide inspectors say Syria and Russia have blocked them from reaching Douma, the Syrian city that was attacked with poison gasoline 9 days in the past, apparently by the Assad regime. Douma was the final rebel-held city close to Damascus, and the assault led to the weekend missile strikes by the U.S., Britain and France, concentrating on Syria’s chemical weapons services.

On Monday, CBS Information made it to the home the place the chemical assault befell.

“Swiftly some gasoline unfold round us,”  one neighbor recounted. “We could not breathe, it smelled like chlorine.”

Syrian forces recaptured the world from rebels over the weekend. Meaning they now management the constructing the place the video was taken. Nasr Hanan’s brother Hamzeh is seen in that activist video lifeless and foaming on the mouth. Within the kitchen, he informed us how his brother had tried to wash-off the chemical substances.

We requested him to take us to the place the missile allegedly hit, and he confirmed us the place a missile was neatly resting.

A missile in Douma, Syria

CBS Information

Syria insists there was no chemical assault, whereas the U.S., France and U.Okay. blame Syria. Since these coalition airstrikes, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s authorities has tried to point out it was unaffected. On Monday, they highlighted their navy good points, as Syrian forces drove by way of Douma.

Rebels had run the Damascus suburb since 2012, and the extreme marketing campaign to recapture it began in February, with Russia’s assist.

CBS Information additionally went to an obvious bomb-making manufacturing unit for rebels within the coronary heart of Douma, the place there have been the makings of fins for mortars, and a bin of what seems to be selfmade grenades. Down a community of tunnels, there have been extra weapons saved.

The human toll of the combating was evident in the primary sq.. Lots of of hundreds of civilians have been dwelling there, many with out meals for months, and you could possibly see the desperation, with folks simply hoping for some bread.

We requested one mom of 5 why she did not depart, if the combating had been so unhealthy.  

“We tried greater than as soon as,” she informed us. “However the rebels would not allow us to go.”

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