UN source: OPCW experts unlikely to enter Douma on Wednesday

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A United Nations security team was sacked at on Tuesday while on a reconnaissance mission in the Syrian town of Douma to prepare the deployment of experts investigating an alleged chemical attack, officials said.

He denied that Russian Federation was behind cyber attacks, saying that people try to depict Russian Federation as being the "source of all evil" - something he described as a "really ridiculous concept".

He said the prime minister had abandoned the convention under which her predecessors have sought the approval of parliament before every military action since the Iraq war in 2003.

On Wednesday, OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü told a closed-door meeting at the body's Hague headquarters that shots were fired in the vicinity of the team on Tuesday as they visited the suburb to determine whether it was safe for inspectors to enter.

Relief organisations say dozens of men, women and children were killed. Again, he feels like it is better for the world if they have a good relationship.

But the inspectors had not initially been allowed to go to Douma, near the Syrian capital of Damascus, in an attempt to verify the nature of the suspected gas attack on April 7.

She also blasted that Russian Federation could have blocked the United Nations action - by refusing to vote for a United Nations resolution and destroyed their plans- as speed was of the essence.

It was immediately unknown who carried out the attack, with Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb saying, "There are no US or coalition operations in that area".

An Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports". Seven years into the civil war and with an estimated 500,000 dead, how did we get here?


"Russia has called us here as part of a messaging campaign to try to distract from the atrocities committed by the (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's) regime", Deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelley Currie told the council.

But spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he had not set a timeline for a pullout. State television said on Tuesday that rebels in Dumayr had also agreed to withdraw.

Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russian Federation and the Assad government of stopping inspectors from reaching Douma. "Russia and Syria must cooperate". Its team of experts travels to the scenes of alleged attacks to gather samples, interview survivors and medics and collect other evidence. But it said no missiles landed inside the bases.

We reiterate our call to the president to cut Putin loose, deal with him from a position of strength and withdraw the invitation for the Russian leader to visit the White House. "It is very likely that proof and essential elements are disappearing from this site". The inspectors arrived in Damascus at the weekend.

OPCW inspectors have been attacked on two previous missions to the sites of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. State aid trucks handed out bread, rice and pasta to people who had lived under siege for years. There's no danger that Assad will conclude that he can use chemical weapons without outcome.

All 12, it said, had been downed using Soviet-made air defense systems.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied using chemical weapons and accused rebels, with Western backing, of using such weapons or faking such an attack.

At a meeting in Luxembourg, the 28 European Union foreign ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation. It's unclear if the strikes were effective.

In addition, the summit is the first to take place since US President Donald Trump announced his plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision roundly criticized by Arab states and their inhabitants.

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