Chemical weapons investigators enter Douma

Apr 24, 2018
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The reports came just a few days after the United States, Britain and France conducted airstrikes targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected poisonous gas attack.

Journalists were allowed access to the suspected attack sites on Monday, but the OPCW said Syrian and Russian authorities blocked the inspectors.

The British delegation to the organization called for the inspectors to be given “unfettered access” to Douma, adding that “Russia and Syria must cooperate”.

Russian Federation has denied a chemical attack took place at all, saying it was faked. The Syrian Central Media said the missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs.

Over several days of intense planning meetings with his top national security advisers last week, Mr Trump was said to have asked about hitting both Russian and Iranian targets if that was required to hurt Assad militarily, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“They put us on the ground and poured water on us”, she told the BBC.

What is happening in Syria? A odd smell lingered, nine days after the attack. They are expected to gather soil and other samples to help identify the substances – if any – used in an attack.

Damascus and its ally Moscow deny that any gas attack took place, that they are holding up the inspections or that they have tampered with evidence at the site.

“We went back down to the basement and saw how they were bringing the martyrs”, Masa said of the horrors she witnessed at such a young age.

“In other words, using the pause after a strike like that to try to clean up the evidence before the investigation team gets in”.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that Staffan de Mistura embarked on the consultations following a meeting Monday with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia “and in view of current tensions”.

Civilians walk in the former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave.

However, Russia has repeatedly denied all allegations.

Syrian medical sources say bodies were found foaming at the mouth, and with discoloured skin and cornea burns.

“Chlorine will disperse quickly, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find trace signs of chlorine in a domestic environment as it’s used in cleaning products”, Mr Higgins said.

The strike that ultimately happened reportedly drew from the first two options.

“I have no idea where that story came from”, Mattis told reporters.

The US says 105 missiles were launched and it believes none were intercepted by Syrian defences. “This is not an isolated incident-the Syrian regime has a clear history of using chemical weapons even after pledging that it had given up its chemical weapons program”, the White House said in a statement.

State TV said the country’s air defences had confronted a new “aggression” but gave no further details, prompting the U.S. to say its military was not involved.

The latest round of diplomatic maneuvring comes as US-backed Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group face a Turkish assault in northern Syria.

UK envoy Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma

 

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