A new video uploaded to YouTube provides good evidence of the range of the kind of rockets allegedly fired into East Ghouta on 21 August – under 2km and possibly too short a distance to have been fired from government territory.
I found this video on YouTube after following up on an Eliot Higgins’ post indicating what Eliot calls the UMLACAs (Unidentified Munitions Linked to Alleged Chemical Attacks) and others call the “little Eskimo” was known in arabic as the “volcano”:
The rocket leaves the launcher on 00.02 seconds, the flash of the explosion can be seen on 00.18 seconds. The sound of the explosion can be heard on 00.23 seconds. As sound travels at 1 kilometer in roughly 3 seconds the distance travelled by this rocket is under 2 kilometers.
This appears highly significant as it supports the argument put forward on the WhoGhouta website that similar rockets, allegedly fired into East Ghouta, were launched from inside rebel-held territory.
However, further analysis is necessary as front-line areas contested by government and rebel forces to the North West may have been within range.