World Syria invites OPCW to investigate alleged chemical attack in Douma

16:55  10 april  2018
16:55  10 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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OPCW , chemical weapons , Ghouta, Syria . The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW ) is investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack on Saturday in Eastern Ghouta that left dozens dead, its head said on Monday.

At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma , the last rebel-held town in Syria 's Eastern Ghouta. The joint UN- OPCW mission is investigating the reports.

This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising after Syrian government airstrikes hit in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April. 7, 2018. © Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising after Syrian government airstrikes hit in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April. 7, 2018.

BEIRUT, April 10 - The Syrian government has invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send a team to investigate allegations of a chemical attack in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, state media reported on Tuesday.

The suspected chemical weapons attack late on Saturday killed at least 60 people, with more than 1,000 injured at several sites in Douma, a town near the capital, Damascus, according to the Union of Medical Care Organizations.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Monday it had made a preliminary analysis of the reports of an alleged chemical attack in Syria ’s Douma and its Fact-Finding Mission was gathering further information to establish whether chemical weapons were

Image: People rush to help a distressed young child following the alleged chemical attack . It demanded "an immediate ceasefire in the city of Douma and the entry of international investigation teams from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW ) to investigate this

The Syrian medical aid group is partly funded by Western governments and operates in opposition areas.

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied involvement in any such attack.

"Syria is keen on cooperating with the OPCW to uncover the truth behind the allegations that some western sides have been advertising to justify their aggressive intentions," state news agency SANA said, quoting an official source in the Foreign Ministry.

On Monday, Russia and Syria both offered during the U.N. Security Council meeting to take OPCW investigators to Douma. In Tuesday's statement, the government said it was ready to offer all assistance needed for the mission to fulfill its task.

It also called on the mission to operate "in a full transparent manner and to rely on solid and credible evidence," the statement cited by state media added.

(Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Janet Lawrence)


Inspectors yet to reach alleged Syria chemical attack site .
Western diplomats, weapons experts say time is of the essence if inspectors are going to figure out what happened in DoumaDAMASCUS -- Security concerns were still keeping international experts from inspecting the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria on Thursday. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were yet to reach the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, where more than 40 people were reported killed nearly two weeks ago.

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