World Syrians and Russians stop inspectors from visiting site of suspected chemical attack

06:55  17 april  2018
06:55  17 april  2018 Source:   MSN

Chemical arms experts in Syria go to site of alleged attack

  Chemical arms experts in Syria go to site of alleged attack Syrian media says international chemical weapons inspectors have entered Douma, the town that was the site of a suspected poison gas attack that led to weekend airstrikes by the West against the Syrian government. The team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in the suburb east of the capital, 10 days after the alleged attack, raising concerns that any evidence the inspectors find could be useless.

DAMASCUS, Syria — A team of inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an investigation A truce collapsed last week and the Syrian government pressed ahead with its military offensive. Then came the suspected chemical attack in

Syria 's civil war of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Duma, the site of the suspected attack . Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors ' security.

a group of people standing in front of a mountain: Saeed Saeed, head of the Institute for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, speaks to reporters in front of the research center, which was hit by the U.S.-led missile attacks in the Barzeh neighborhood, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Saeed denied the facility was in possession of chemical weapons.© Monsef Memary/Xinhua/Zuma Press/ZUMAPRESS.COM/TNS Saeed Saeed, head of the Institute for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, speaks to reporters in front of the research center, which was hit by the U.S.-led missile attacks in the Barzeh neighborhood, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Saeed denied the facility was in possession of chemical weapons. Inspectors from an international agency sent to collect air, water and ground samples from the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria this month were blocked Monday by Russian and Syrian forces for security reasons, the watchdog group's director said.

Syria probe mission on hold amid security fears

  Syria probe mission on hold amid security fears The world's chemical arms watchdog froze its probe into an alleged chemical attack near Damascus Wednesday, demanding "unhindered access" after a United Nations reconnaissance mission came under fire. Four days after reaching the Syrian capital, international inspectors had yet to begin their field work in Douma, where dozens were killed in a suspected gas attack widely blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its fact-finding mission (FFM) would be forced to stay put in Damascus if its safety was not guaranteed.

‹ › × WASHINGTON -- A team of international inspectors on Tuesday accepted an invitation from Syria to examine the site of a suspected chemical attack on civilians in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus. The U.S. and other world powers suspect Syrian government forces of being behind the

Western leaders are weighing up a coordinated military response against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday said Moscow will insist on inspectors from the OPCW traveling to the site of the alleged attack in Syria Saturday.

The delay in obtaining independent confirmation of suspected chemical weapons use came as the White House postponed plans to add sanctions on Russia for what the Trump administration said was its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's poison gas program.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, had said Sunday that new sanctions would be announced Monday, but the White House pulled back. "We are considering additional sanctions on Russia, and a decision will be made in the near future," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

She did not say if Haley had misspoken or if President Donald Trump had changed his mind to avoid worsening relations with Moscow. The Trump administration has taken an increasingly tough line on Russia even as the president has been reluctant to criticize President Vladimir Putin for his government's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other actions.

Trump on Syria attack: 'very soon or not so soon at all!'

  Trump on Syria attack: 'very soon or not so soon at all!' President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday about when the United States might attack Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons assault, saying it could be "very soon or not so soon at all!"A day after warning starkly that "missiles will be coming," Trump in another early morning tweet storm wrote: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – A team of inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an A truce collapsed last week and the Syrian government pressed ahead with its military offensive. Then came the suspected chemical attack in

DUELFER: Well, the inspectors will be under the protection of the Syrian government, so they depend upon the good will of the Syrian government to Well, let me ask you. Syria and Russia have said the rebels are lying about the chemical attack in order to provoke the United States into a confrontation.

The confusion emerged as nine inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons waited in Damascus for permission to visit Duma, a suburb east of the Syrian capital that was attacked on April 7.

U.S. officials say Assad's forces killed more than 40 people, including children, with chlorine gas and possibly sarin, a banned nerve agent. But U.S. intelligence has been unable to collect ironclad evidence of which chemical agents were used.

U.S. and British officials have accused Russian units in Duma of trying to hide or tamper with evidence of the chemical attack, a claim Moscow denies.

How the West might strike Syria

  How the West might strike Syria US President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that missiles would be launched at Syria following a suspected chemical attack, virtually ensuring a military strike against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The question now becomes what the United States, probably with France and Britain, will hit in war-torn Syria, and what are the risks of escalation and miscalculation with Assad allies Russia and Iran. What will it target? The United States and its allies France and Britain want to send a clear and definitive message to Assad that the future use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

>Map: Russian Federation. The US State Department says it is "confident" the Syrian Government was responsible for a suspected chemical weapons Inspectors will begin an investigation of the alleged chemical attack site in Douma. Lebanon's Hezbollah says there's no risk of a US- Russia war.

Russian military: Syrian government is now in full control of town near Damascus where suspected chemical weapons attack took place. DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A team of inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in New York that the OPCW team had all "necessary clearances" to collect samples in Duma.

But Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the OPCW, which is based in The Hague, said in a report to member states that Syrian and Russian officials had contended "there were still pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place."

Uzumcu expressed hope the inspectors could visit Duma "as soon as possible."

U.S., French and British forces fired more than 100 missiles at three targets in Syria early Saturday in retaliation for the Duma attack. The three facilities developed, produced or stored chlorine or sarin, Pentagon officials said, and all appeared heavily damaged.

Syria has denied stockpiling or using chemical weapons, which are illegal under international law. Russia, which backs Assad, also has denied that a chemical attack occurred and noted that it initially invited the weapons inspectors to Duma.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday repeated his government's assertions that no chemical attack took place and said photographs and videos that showed people choking to death and other symptoms of chemical poisoning were "staged."

Speaking to the BBC, Lavrov angrily condemned Washington's attempts to blame and punish Russia, saying relations between the two countries were worse than during the Cold War.

The latest evidence came with a joint warning Monday from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the British government. They said a new wave of Russian "cyberespionage and aggression" had targeted governments and private companies through digital attacks on cyber infrastructure like routers and firewalls.

A British government spokesman said the joint warning sent a "clear message to Russia: We know what you are doing and you will not succeed."

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