More evidence Ghouta chemical weapons rockets could have been fired from rebel areas

November 28, 2013 — 5 Comments

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 video was originally uploaded to the Al Hadath News YouTube channel (and subsequently to Liveleak)

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.

(Updated 29/11/2013).

5 responses to More evidence Ghouta chemical weapons rockets could have been fired from rebel areas

  1. 

    I’ve generated a map showing range information around Zamalka based on reasonable min and max range.

    Centre is a known UN missile site. Yellow is 1500-2400 metres – a wide bracket of probable range – 1500m is a guess at minimum tactical range.
    Blue is 2400-3000 metres – beyond a reasonable estimate but included for reference.
    Pink is a narrow range bracket 1800-2200m – Best estimate for range.

    Image dies in June 2014


    http://pbrd.co/1k3FHc3

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