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Corrected: International vehicle seen near Syria suspected gas attack site

21 April 2018, 10:00 | Colleen Roy

OPCW says experts will only deploy to Douma if given 'unhindered access'

UN team shot at in Syria while visiting suspected Douma chemical weapons attack sites

He told reporters that in the past Syrian officials concealed what they had done with chemical weapons.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have been waiting since Saturday to visit Douma, the site of the alleged April 7 attack.

Now it's unclear when the inspectors will be able to start working there.

Syria's ally Russian Federation was given prior notice and the missiles struck mostly empty buildings, in what many analysts saw as a hollow move that allowed all sides to save face.

The Pentagon said that all 105 missiles fired at three Syrian chemical facilities reached their targets, while the Russian military said Syrian air defences downed 71 out of 103 USA missiles.

She added: "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

Zammar, a Syrian-born German, was a key member of a Hamburg jihadist cell that included three of the September 11 suicide pilots.

French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet added that the countries had to target Assad's regime as it had crossed a red line with the latest alleged chemical strike.

Additionally, the United States' United Nation's resolution demanded that the U.S and any other security council that joins the USA get access to the exact scene of the purported attack in Douma, Syria.

Then on Tuesday, the advance security team from the United Nations came under fire, compounding the delays. Douma is under the protection of Russia's military police, and with 12 days having passed since the attack, concerns are growing that evidence could fall prey to tampering or be otherwise compromised.

Their destination was Jarablus, a town under shared Turkish and Syrian opposition control near the Syria-Turkey border.

Up to 75 civilians, including some children, were killed in the incident, which Theresa May has said was "highly likely" to have been ordered by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who has the backing of Moscow.

About 1,500 fighters and 3,500 of their family members left Dumayr on Thursday, choosing to relocate to north Syria than accept an amnesty offered by the government. The end result was an operation that did not target Assad's conventional military infrastructure, including aircraft that could deliver chemical agents in the future.

Syrian state media says government forces have started bombing an Islamic State-held zone in Damascus. "Russian officials have worked with the Syrian regime, we believe, to sanitize the locations of the suspected attacks and remove incriminating evidence of chemical weapons use", Nauert said.

Syria and its Russian backers deny that government forces were responsible for the reported attack in the town of Douma.

The American assessment underscored the difficulty in getting additional or more conclusive evidence about the Syrians' suspected use of chemical weapons and verifying the allies' success in destroying any large caches of chlorine gas or sarin. The statement appeared to be aimed at bolstering contentions that Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons.

According to military analysts, the S-300 surface-to-air missile system would improve Russia's ability to control air space in Syria, where Moscow's forces support Assad, and could be aimed at deterring tougher US action.

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