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World Chemical inspectors to be allowed in Douma

08:26  17 april  2018
08:26  17 april  2018 Source:   bbc.com

WHO: 500 Douma patients had symptoms consistent with toxic weapons exposure

  WHO: 500 Douma patients had symptoms consistent with toxic weapons exposure The World Health Organisation condemned a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last weekend, in which it said an estimated 500 patients went to health facilities with "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals"."WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response," Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma .

Chemical weapons experts are finally given a green light to enter Douma on Wednesday after the West accuses Russia of blocking access … READ MORE

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Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said.

The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma.

The attack on 7 April prompted military strikes on Syrian government targets by the US, UK, and France a week later.

Syria and its ally Russia deny any chemical attack took place - with Russia calling it a "staged thing".

Early on Tuesday, Syrian state media said the country's air defences had responded to a missile attack over the western city of Homs.

The missiles targeted Shayrat air base, it said - but did not say who fired the missiles.

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Questions asked about how Russia was able to take sympathetic journalists to Douma while international inspectors have been waylaid on safety grounds.

Inspectors racing to verify the suspected chemical weapons attack on Douma last month are to take the unprecedented step of exhuming the bodies of some of the victims.

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.

A Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters: "There is no US military activity in that area at this time."

What is happening in Syria?

Early on Saturday morning Syrian time, the US, UK, and France launched a coordinated missile strike on multiple targets in the country.

The operation was in response to a chemical weapons attack the three nations say was carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which targeted civilians and killed dozens.

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in the capital, Damascus - but have been waiting to begin their inspection.

OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation

  OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation Chemical weapons inspectors have not yet been allowed access to Syria's Douma, UK officials said as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the "alleged use of chemical weapons" in Syria."Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma," the British delegation tweeted on Sunday, adding that "unfettered access [is] essential" and "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

Deployment of chemical weapons investigators continues despite retaliatory strikes by western powers against Syrian facilities.

newsbelow.com Back BBC Chemical inspectors to be allowed into Douma . OPCW experts are to be allowed access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria on 7 April.

When they arrive at the site on Wednesday, it will be 11 days since the attack. They are expected to gather soil and other samples to help identify the substances - if any - used in an attack.

The US envoy to the OPCW, however, expressed concern that Russia had visited the site and "may have tampered with it" to impede the investigation.

But in an interview for BBC's Hardtalk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site."

He said the supposed evidence the US, UK, and France said they had was only "based on media reports and social media" and that such evidence was a "staged thing".

Mr Lavrov and other have also criticised the three countries for carrying out the strikes before the OPCW team could conduct their investigation.

What is said to have happened in the Douma attack?

When the alleged chemical attack took place on 7 April, Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, was a final rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus, having endured months of shelling.

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Three weeks after an alleged chemical attack took place in Douma , Syria, a UN team of Chemical Weapons inspectors has finally been allowed to see the site and collect samples. A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

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Now, it is under the control of the Syrian government and Russian military.

Two bombs filled with chemicals were reportedly dropped several hours apart on the town.

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

US sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent. 

How did the air strikes happen?

Late on Friday night in Washington, President Donald Trump addressed the nation, revealing that he had authorised strikes in Syria with the UK and France.

As his speech came to a close, the first reports of explosions in Damascus began to emerge.

The US says 105 missiles were launched and it believes none were intercepted by Syrian defences. It says Syria's chemical weapons programme has been set back years.

Map showing the locations of the alleged chemical attacks on Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria © BBC Map showing the locations of the alleged chemical attacks on Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria

The Russians, however, say 71 missiles were shot down by Syrian systems - many of them older Soviet-era defences.

One of the three sites hit was the Barzeh complex, which the US says was a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

The other two were suspected chemical weapons facilities at Him Shinshar near Homs.

Inspectors arrive at suspected Syrian chemical attack sites in Douma: Russia .
Inspectors from the world's chemical arms watchdog arrived Saturday in the Syrian town of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place earlier this month, the Russian foreign ministry said. A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been in Syria for a week but had not travelled to the city because of security fears."According to the information we have, the special OPCW mission... arrived on the morning of April 21 in the city of Douma at the sites suspected of having toxic substances," the ministry said in a statement.

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