On 1 March 2019, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published its report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the 7 April 2018 attack on Douma.  The reading of the report highlights several findings. First, it reveals that the launching of an investigation on the attack was prompted by accounts provided by social media and open-source information. Indeed, few hours after the attack, civilians and activists, reckoning the effects of the attack and the symptoms experienced by the victims were unusual, started documenting its aftermath. Pictures, along with...
Syrian government held local elections in its controlled parts of the country where Syrians voted for more than 40,000 candidates competed for 18,478 seats on local administrative councils in 88 constituencies included 6551 polling centers.[1] It is the first local bolls since December 12, 2011, which conducted pursuant to Legislative Decree No.391 of 2011, which fixed the dates of local council elections.[2] This was preceded by the issuance of several Legislative Decrees including Decree No. 101 which regulated the...
Having taken control over Douma, the last rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta[1] on April 8, 2018, pro-government forces took many arbitrary measures against civilians there, as they arrested young men, in contravention of an agreement conducted with Jaish al Islam on April 8, 2018[2], and they even offend the dead who fall in the latest fierce offensive[3]. The well-known “Al-Sindiyana Cemetery”, in Douma, was being bulldozed by Regime forces, from mid-June until July 20, 2018, in order to get rid of the bodies buried there after...
Preface: The Eastern Ghouta region witnessed one of the worst and most violent military attacks led by Syrian regular forces with the direct backing and support from the Russian military aircraft in the air and foreign militias and auxiliary troops on the ground, during the period from February18,2018untilApril18,2018. Cities and towns of Eastern Ghouta, which had been besieged for several years, were subjected to unprecedented bombardment during this 49-day campaign. Nothing was spared even the concentrations of civilians and their houses, basements, shelters and other medical and civilian facilities, which were actually targets following the systematic...