Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Another report, from the pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia, said that Syrian air defences had intercepted three missiles targeting Dumair military airport, north-east of the capital Damascus.

The inspection team have been in Damascus since Saturday and initial reports had said they would begin their work on Sunday.

With 11 days now having passed, concerns are growing that evidence could fall prey to tampering or be otherwise compromised.

Coons declined to offer details of the classified meeting, which was open to all senators.

The remarks on April 18 came after the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, said United Nations security experts had come under fire in the town when they arrived in an attempt to assess the situation.

A diplomatic source in The Hague, where the OPCW is based, said the experts did not enter Douma. The Russian military said a Syrian security employee was slightly wounded in the crossfire Tuesday, but no Russian servicemen were at the site of the attack.

In 2018, tensions have escalated even further over the US decision to expel Russian diplomats over Moscow's alleged involvement in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom city of Salisbury.

"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.

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"We certainly did get additional insights into the targeting of the facilities, what we knew about it, what we know about the attack itself, what these facilities were used for, what actions if any took place between the time the President announced we were going to strike and when we did strike, so we got an additional granularity", said California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

The Syrian government and Russian sympathizers have denied allegations that a chemical attack took place, with the latter even accusing Britain of staging the gas attack. The mission "will continue its work", the official said. "This sends a message to governments around the world that they can support brutal, criminal behavior without serious consequences". Russian news agencies quoted a lawmaker who said that the airstrikes would unify the country, the Associate Press reported.

Former Douma residents now in northern Syria told The National anyone still in Douma was likely unable to speak freely for fear of retribution from the government.

The Syrian government said it was able to make a small number of eyewitnesses available to the inspectors in Damascus but the OPCW will want to seek out its own eyewitnesses.

He said the victims were buried in the city's east.

Both Syrian and Russian officials have denied using chemical weapons on April 7, where at least 75 people were killed - many of which were children. Most involved chlorine gas, usually causing only a few injuries. ISIS also maintains a presence in three other neighborhoods adjacent to Yarmouk.

It has been 11 days since the alleged attack on Douma, a town outside Damascus that at the time was controlled by the Army of Islam, a rebel group that surrendered in the days after the attack.

But the USA officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the available intelligence indicated that Assad's stock of chemicals and precursors was believed to be scattered far beyond the three targets.

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