Chemical weapons experts await go ahead to enter Douma

Chemical weapons experts await go ahead to enter Douma”

He did not identify the assailants.

Relations between Russian Federation and the Western allies that launched co-ordination strikes on Syria in response to the suspected chemical attack have deteriorated in recent days.

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site", the US ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth D. Ward, said.

The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) continues to prevent chemical inspectors from entering Douma for their investigation, citing safety concerns.

The ministry said the entry of the security team came upon the request of the OPCW investigators, without mentioning the security incident.

Russian Federation also wanted inspectors into the site from day one, which is not true of the United States or its allies.

A statement said the United Nations recon team "came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated". The Syrian military would then enter the town. The US suggestion was based on the fact that Russian military police visited the site.

Journalists visiting Douma on a government-organized tour Monday did not report any security threats.

"They will have the ability to conduct limited attacks in the future, I would not rule that out". Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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Syrian state media says government forces have started bombing an Islamic State-held zone in Damascus.

Russian Federation said today it would screen at the United Nations an interview with a child who it claims was made to pose as a victim of chemical weapons in Syria. The visit, however, was done days ago, and Russian Federation said it was meant to deter the West from attacking Douma and destroying evidence. It's also possible that Syrian air defense commanders could have also launched the missiles blind, knowing they were under attack, to save face.

But Russia has accused the US of reliable hypocrisy, stating the White House has never acted consistently using its promised goal of ending the seven-year conflict in Syria.

He added he would only consider deploying the team to Douma with UNDSS approval and if the inspectors had "unhindered access to the sites". The claim could not be independently verified.

A delay in the arrival of the inspectors at the Douma site has become a source of diplomatic dispute, because Western countries accuse Damascus and Moscow of hindering the mission. No UN workers were injured, though one Syrian was said to have sustained light injuries working in a security capacity. Barzeh was said to have been hit by 76 U.S. cruise missiles, one of the sites at Him Shinshar was hit by 22 U.S., French and British cruise missiles, and the second site at Him Shinshar by seven French missiles. For the rest, it had insufficient evidence to determine the perpetrator.

The open source website Bellingcat last week said a large gas cylinder of the type used in a previous aerial chlorine attack was filmed on top of a building where a large number of deaths were reported.

Fighters from the Army of Islam and their families were to leave the town of Dumayr as part of the arrangement, the state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV station said.

Jarablus is shared between Turkish and Syrian opposition control.

Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that "there is still a lot of volatility in the area". They were forced to withdraw after the gunfire, reported The Financial Times.

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