France says proof likely disappearing from Douma, inspectors must have full access

A United Nations source said the OPCW inspectors would probably not be going to Douma on Wednesday.

Asked about the assertion that the strikes had only a limited impact, a White House National Security Council spokesman said the goal of the military operation was to hold Syria's government accountable, degrade its capability and deter it from chemical attacks in the future - "all while minimizing civilian casualties". The U.N. source did not give details of the shooting incident.

The U.S. -led intervention has threatened to escalate confrontation between the West and Assad's backer Russian Federation, although it has had no impact on the fighting on the ground, in which pro-government forces have pressed on with a campaign to crush the rebellion. He was speaking at a meeting at the organisation's headquarters at The Hague on Wednesday. Russian Federation has accused rebels of staging the attack with support from Britain, an allegation that Britain has strongly denied.

Also by playing a row around Russian diplomatic property in the U.S.as well as US pressure on the RT broadcaster's activities in the U.S.

The team had to return to its base in Damascus after Tuesday's shooting attack.

The inspection was initially delayed by Russian Federation and Syria, who reportedly refused to allow the chemical weapons team to enter the city.

The US says 105 missiles were launched and it believes none were intercepted by Syrian defences.

That makes crippling a chlorine capability through military strikes far more hard than, say, more sophisticated chemical or biological warfare agents.

"If this United Nations security team decides that the situation is sound in Douma, then the fact-finding mission will begin its work in Douma tomorrow", Jaafari said.

The US, Britain and France fired a total of 105 cruise missiles at targets they said were linked to chemical weapons in Damascus and Homs.

An advance United Nations security team was shot at in Syria ahead of a planned fact-finding mission by chemical weapons inspectors, according to the head of an global chemical weapons watchdog.

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The AFP news agency reported the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) said it was hoping to make arrangements that would allow the team to deploy "at the earliest possible time and based on lessons learned during the advance security visit".

Uzumcu said on Monday that the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation were blocking his team from visiting Douma. The government says the Civil Defense is a terrorist organization.

There were also reports on Wednesday of fighters from the Jaish Al Islam rebel faction, known as the 'Army of Islam, ' continuing to hand over their heavy and intermediate weapons in the Damascus suburb of Dumayr ahead of their departure to the northern town of Jarabulus.

"Russia developed the type of military-grade nerve agent used in Salisbury and has a record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations".

It says the total number of evacuees has reached 5,000, including 1,500 gunmen.

Video widely circulated on the internet showed numerous dead bodies - adults and children - inside a building foaming at the mouth and nostrils and with dilated pupils - symptoms consistent with a chemical attack but also consistent with asphyxiation by other means.

Dumayr is near the eastern Ghouta region, which came under full government control last week after a weekslong offensive and an alleged chemical weapons attack.

The three countries did not make their evidence public, and both the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied any chemical attack took place.

A United Nations security team was sacked upon in the Syrian town of Douma this week while carrying out reconnaissance at the site of a suspected chemical attack, reported Reuters.

The OPCW inspectors are in Syria to investigate a suspected gas attack, which took place on April 7 in Douma.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, at the Pentagon Tuesday to welcome the defense minister of Albania, said the U.S. and its allies did "what we believed is right" to deter the use of chemical weapons.


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