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

• 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

• 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

• 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