Leaked OPCW document finds Douma gas attack likely staged

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A leaked document is casting doubt on the official narrative of the 2018 Douma gas attacks.

The New York Times reports that on April 7, 2018, Syrian military helicopters allegedly dropped chlorine bombs on Douma, killing dozens. The OPCW investigated two sites where gas cylinders were found: a rooftop balcony and a bedroom, and confirmed that toxic chemicals were used as a weapon.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Syrian helicopter drops cylinder on Douma
2. Official OPCW version of how cylinder landed on rooftop
3. Damage on cylinder inconsistent with official findings
4. Crater appearance consistent as result of blast
5. Official OPCW version of how cylinder landed in bedroom
6. Inconsistencies of official findings of cylinder trajectory, deformity
7. Cylinders placed at scene

VOICEOVER (in English):
"On the night of April 7, 2018, Syrian military helicopters allegedly dropped chlorine bombs on the town of Douma, killing dozens of civilians."
"The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent a fact-finding mission to investigate two sites where gas cylinders were found: a rooftop balcony and a bedroom. It later confirmed that toxic chemicals were used as a weapon in Douma."
"According to the official OPCW report, the rooftop bomb first struck a corner of the balcony wall."
"This initial impact decreased the cylinder's velocity and changed its trajectory, causing it to hit the concrete floor hard enough to make a hole and fracture the valve, but without sufficient energy to fall through."
"However, a leaked OPCW engineering assessment report found that to create the crater, the cylinder would have had to have impacted it at a vertical or near vertical angle of inclination."
"Simulations indicated that the minimal damage sustained by the cylinder was incompatible with having hit both the wall and floor. Impact with the floor's steel rebar alone should have resulted in substantial deformation.
"Based on simulations, the damage marks on the cylinder would be possible only if it impacted the floor under an angle of 20 degrees, and with a very low initial velocity."
"The appearance of the crater was also more consistent with being the result of mortar or artillery round blast, in particular the fragmentation pattern and scorching on the underside of the hole."
"At the bedroom location, the official OPCW report maintains that the chlorine-filled cylinder fell parallel to the roof of a building and crashed through the concrete."
"It fell through and briefly impacted the floor, then continued forward on an altered trajectory that landed it on the bed. The harness and valve remained intact, and its contents were not discharged."
"But the leaked OPCW report contends that the cylinder could not have fit through the crater with the valve intact. Deformation on the cylinder was consistent with falling flat on a horizontal surface, not crashing through concrete."
SOURCES: OPCW, Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media
https://www.opcw.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019/03/s-1731-2019%28e%29.pdf
http://syriapropagandamedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Engineering-assessment-of-two-cylinders-observed-at-the-Douma-incident-27-February-2019-1.pdf