OPCW 'enters Syria's Douma' to probe gas attack allegation

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Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons went to Syria last week to try to determine whether banned toxins were used in an attack on a rebel enclave on April 7.

United States officials have raised concerns that Russian Federation may have tampered with the site while inspectors were denied access.

Tensions between the USA and Russian Federation have escalated in recent days over the conflict in Syria.

Zakharova said that disinformation campaign in Western media claiming that Moscow and Damascus "block" OPCW's team entry to Douma is unscrupulous.

Igor Kirillov, a Russian chemical weapons protection expert in The Hague, said the team is set to visit the site on Wednesday.

Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded accusations with Western nations on Monday, dismissing as "a blatant lie" accusations that Moscow was hindering the investigation in Douma. He reiterated that "all the evidence" with which the tripartite countries justified their strikes "was based on the media reports and on social networks".

Journalists were allowed access to the suspected attack sites on Monday, but the OPCW said Syrian and Russian authorities blocked the inspectors.

Lavrov charged that it was the United States, France and Britain who were "standing in the way" of the investigation by ordering air strikes "in the blink of an eye" before the OPCW team had a chance to do their work.

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OPCW inspectors have been attacked on two previous missions to the sites of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The inspectors met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on Sunday.

At least 70 people were killed, but the Syrian government denies the attack.

Russian military police were ready to help protect the OPCW experts on their visit to Douma, said Maj.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said teaming up with France and the U.S. to destroy suspected chemical weapons bases had risked making the situation in the war-torn country worse.

Doctors at the hospital where suspected victims were treated told reporters on the tour that none of the patients that night had suffered chemical weapons injuries - they were asphyxiated by dust and smoke in a bombardment.

Corbyn said May should remember she "is accountable to this Parliament, not to the whims of the United States president. There is broad-based global support for the action we have taken", May said.

Theresa May defended her decision to authorise British bombing raids on Syria without support from MPs as she refused to commit to seeking parliamentary approval for similar action in the future.

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