The weaponisation of propaganda on Syria has gone from a cottage industry to a mainstream scourge. Does the propaganda enable the Assad regime's crimes?
The Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Saturday the mission visited "one of the sites" in Douma, where at least 40 killed in a suspected gas attack on April 7, and would draft a report based on the findings.
Syrian regime media first reported that missiles were fired at the Shayrat air base near Homs and an air base in the capital Damascus. However state TV later said a false alarm had triggered air defence systems, and there was no attack.
Moscow slams the strikes as "aggressive actions" of the Western coalition, as the UN Security Council rejects Russia's draft resolution condemning the US-led strikes in Syria.
We spoke with the survivors of the Douma chemical attack, who hail retaliatory Western missile strikes on regime installations but doubt whether the attacks will alter realities on the ground.
Syrian voices are often missing from the debates surrounding what the future of their country should look like. So what do Syrians think about a potential US strike on Syria?
Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says Britain told the White Helmets, who act as first responders in opposition-held areas, to fake the suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma in which at least 42 people were killed.
Under the deal, all Jaish al Islam fighters will shift from the eastern Ghouta pocket to Jarablus "within 48 hours", regime-run SANA news agency reports, a day after an alleged chemical attack blamed on Assad regime killed over 40 people in Douma.
Regime forces strike eastern Ghouta's Douma district in a midnight attack allegedly using a chemical agent, rescuers and medics say, sparking condemnation and retaliation vows.
The strikes also put a key hospital out of service on Tuesday, further limiting the little medical aid that besieged civilians could access.
The UNSC announces that it will hold a closed-door meeting next week, days after a string of bombings on opposition-held Syrian territory and suspected use of chemical weapons by the Damascus regime.
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