Round up of events of 11 April 2018

• The World Health Organization (the WHO) requested immediate access to the victims of the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta. According to the White Helmets, this attack had claimed more than 500 victims.

• The European Agency for Air Safety (EASA) informed airline companies operating in Europe about possible missile fires from cruise missiles against Syria in the next 72 hours. Most companies are changing their plans for flying in the direction of Israel, Lebanon and Cyprus.

• US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Russia swears that it will bring down any missile fired against Syria. Get ready Russia, because the missiles that are are coming are beautiful, new and “smart”! You should not associate yourselves with an Animal that Kills with Gas, who kills his own people and delights in it”.

• One of four US planes of the “final judgement” takes off. These planes are specifically conceived to transport the US President on the one hand and the alternative military administration on the other hand, in the event of a risk of nuclear war.

• While the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that it would shortly be sending inspectors to Eastern Ghouta, Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Trade, ironized that a missile fire on Syria would offer the opportunity to destroy any evidence of this Western manipulation of the alleged chemical attack.

• The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım, has challenged the attitude of the US and Russia by declaring that both countries are threatening one and other regarding a possible intervention in Syria.

• The Syrian Arab Army is evacuating the country’s main airports and military air bases.

• The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation announces that the situation is stabilizing in the Duma. The last of the jihadists are in the process of relocating to Idlib, following through with the agreements reached. Tomorrow, a Russian military police unit will be deployed in the area to guarantee the safety of the civilians.

• Following the Russian Army’s press conference, General Viktor Poznikhir accused the While Helmets of staging a false chemical attack in Ghouta.

• In a televised broadcast, President Vladimir Putin declared: “The situation in the world is becoming more and more chaotic. Nevertheless, we hope that good sense manages to prevails and that international relations switch to a constructive direction, that the global system becomes more stable and easier to predict.”

• British Prime Minister Theresa May, assured that “everything leads us to believe that responsibility lies with the Syrian regime” for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta.

• The US Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, guarantees that the Pentagon is ready. However, he is still in the process of analyzing the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta.

• On visit to Damascus, Advisor of the Guide of the Iranian Revolution and former Minister of Foreign Relations, Ali Akbar Velayati, announced that Iran is on Syria’s side when it comes to any foreign aggression whatsoever.

• The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will meet on Monday to deliberate on the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta.

• President Vladimir Putin telephoned the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, requesting him not to engage in any initiative that could prejudice stability in the region.

Anoosha Boralessa