Russia: No evidence of chemical attack on Douma

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria | Youtube snapshot

Russia's military announced its personnel in a Syrian city allegedly hit by a chemical weapons attack have not found evidence to support the claim.

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, said Friday that "According to the results of a survey of witnesses, studying samples and investigating locations undertaken by Russian specialists and medical personnel in the city of Douma, where chemical weapons purportedly were used, the use of poisonous substances was not shown."

Yevtushenko also said the Russian military will ensure security for investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who will be working to determine whether chemical weapons were used in Douma.

In what was declared as a US-UK-French aggression against Syria, a series of military explosions were seen in Damascus on Saturday. According to reports, a district of Damascus, which houses a scientific research facility, was targeted by strikes carried out by the US, France and Britain, with several large blasts and smoke rising from the eastern side of the capital, witnesses say.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford claimed the US strikes targeted a research facility, as well as a "chemical weapons storage facility" near Homs. He said the naval and air forces were involved in the strikes, but would not elaborate "for reasons of operational security."

The General Command of Syria announced that a tripartite aggression was carried out at 03:55 a.m. [Damascus local time] by the US, Britain and France through firing 110 missiles towards Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it.

The statement added that the Syrian Air Defense systems confronted, with high competence, the missiles of the aggression and shot down most of them, meanwhile, some of the missiles hit one of the buildings of the Research Center in Barzzeh in Damascus, which includes an educational center and scientific laboratories, asserting that the damages were limited to material ones.