A Syrian boy, Hassan Diab, who can be seen in the viral video being “treated” in the hospital by being sprayed with water, said that he was told to go to the hospital, grabbed and water was poured on him. His father said that he didn’t know anything about the chemical attack, but was told his family was in the hospital. A doctor at the hospital said that the people there did not have symptoms from a chemical attack. If there had been a chemical attack, hospital staff would have become sick, too.
Renowned British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, who speaks Arabic, went to Douma, Syria and spoke with Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a 58-year old senior staff doctor at the hospital where the children were treated, who said that they were having trouble breathing caused by dust that has been shaken loose inside the tunnels where they live, due to shelling and bombing. The doctor said that there was no chemical attack, although someone did run into the room and yell that there had been a gas attack, which caused the patients to panic. Local witnesses told Fisk that there was no gas attack.
Senator Rand Paul, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Homeland Security Committee, said that he has yet to see any evidence that Syrian President Assad launched a chemical attack against his own people. He said that the intelligence agencies that claim Assad did commit the attack have failed to present proof, and that it doesn’t make any sense for Assad to attack his own citizens, as he is winning the war.
While reporting from a refugee camp near the Syrian border of Turkey, the senior international correspondent for CNN, Arwa Damon, put her face in a backpack from 7-year-old children who survived the alleged chemical attack. She reported that “there’s definitely something that stings.” If she really believed that there was a chemical attack, why would she put her face inside the knapsack and inhale?