Officials Trade Charges as Chemical Inspectors Fail to Reach Douma

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Both Syria and its ally Russian Federation have said they would guarantee the safety and security of the OPCW mission - the first outside Damascus since 2014.

Talks were held behind closed doors at the Netherlands seat of the Nobel Peace prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, two days after its mission arrived in Damascus. "And on Wednesday is when we plan the arrival of the OPCW experts", he told a press conference in the Russian embassy in The Hague, explaining the roads were still being cleared of mines.

The statement comes after a night of bombing, which saw US, French, and British forces launch missiles at sites including a military facility outside Homs and a suspected research center in the capital, Damascus.

The Kremlin dismissed the claims.

According to Petter Lycke, Sweden's representative at the OPCW executive council, Syria and Russian Federation told the inspectors that their safety could not be guaranteed...


The Syrian regime also said it was "fully ready" to cooperate with the OPCW investigation.

According to Kirilov, one of the filmed children, who has been reportedly targeted by alleged chemical weapons, is a child of one of the officials working in the medical facility and has not even left the building.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical-weapons use", Haley said.

Despite polls showing scant support for the move, May said it had been her "responsibility as prime minister to make these decisions", while Macron also defended his move as part of his constitutional powers. The suspicion is that the Syrian government previously misled inspectors when it declared its entire chemical weapons stockpile had been disclosed and destroyed.

A fact-finding mission by the UN's chemical weapons watchdog has arrived in Damascus.


The OPCW had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014 he said, and a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

The suspected attack in Douma, outside Damascus, in which the World Health Organization has said 43 people who died suffered "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", occurred on April 7.

But "strangers entered as we were in a state of chaos and spread a rumour among people there had been a chemical attack, and people became alarmed".

The Kremlin dismissed accusations of tampering and delay as "groundless", and earlier vowed not to interfere with the work of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Douma, which is now in Syria to probe the alleged attack on Douma in which 40 people died.

Russian ambassador Shulgin repeated the accusations telling reporters in The Hague that Douma residents had not been able to produce "a single body".


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