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Syria: containers for chemical weapons found at Shayrat Air Base

On April 7, 2017 two US warships fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Air Base located in the province of Homs in western Syria. This strike was delivered in response to the recent attack [1] on civilians with the use of sarin, lethal chemical weapon. On April 4, 2017 the Air Force of Bashar al-Assad and his ally, the Russian Federation, made an air raid on Khan Shaykhun city in central Syria culminating in a chemical attack which killed more than 100 and poisoned over 500 civilians.

Mikhail Voskresensky, а Russian reporter for Russian RIA Novosti news agency, who published photos [2] of Shayrat air base after the U.S. missile strike, captured container units for Soviet-developed KMGU munitions dispenser for small-size load. Such container units are often used to transport not only cluster explosive fragmentation, but also chemical munitions. Similar containers were captured on the photos filming the process of chemical munitions destruction by the Russian military at Pochep chemical weapons destruction facility (Bryansk Oblast, Russia), where container units with the toxic substance GD (soman) got into the shot [1] [3], [2] [4].

InformNapalm team is not in a position to insist that the containers captured on photo contain toxic substances. However, the fact that Russia blocked the UN resolution, which foresaw the international investigation at Shayrat, fuels suspicion.

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