Bodies of Douma gas victims secretly buried in desperate bid to ‘preserve chemical evidence’ 

It took the men most of the night to bury the bodies. They dug the dry earth with whatever they had to hand – mostly small tools which made for a laborious task.

But it was no ordinary burial and when they were done, instead of marking the site with headstones and flowers they covered it over with weeds and dirt.

The bodies were some of the 48 victims of a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.  

The diggers were local residents and members of the Jaish al-Islam rebel group attempting to preserve what could become the most important evidence from the night of April 7.

They hope the corpses will help the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons…

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