Worldwide chemical inspectors launch probe in Syria

Lloyd Doyle
April 16, 2018

The MoD said the facility was a former missile base, located around 15 miles west of Homs, where the Syrian regime was believed to keep a stockpile of chemical weapon precursors, which can be used to make blister agents such as mustard gas or nerve agents such as sarin.

The inspectors met Syria's deputy foreign minister in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official; they were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.

The United States, Britain and France have accused the Assad government of using chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb on April 7th. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Weapons inspectors will try on Saturday to reach the site of a suspected poison attack in the Syrian town of Douma, hours after Western countries launched air strikes in retaliation over the gassing. "The information we have points to the use of both chlorine and sarin, both of which are chemical weapons", one official said.

Douma was the final rebel holdout in an nearly two-month regime assault to reconquer the last opposition bastion outside Damascus.

The president was in a "good mood" and continuing his work in Damascus, agencies cited the lawmakers as saying, and praised the Soviet-era air defense systems Syria used to help to repel the Western attacks.

According to American officials, the operation involved three U.S. destroyers, a French frigate and a U.S. submarine located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

British Tornado and Typhoon warplanes and French Rafale jets also took part in the strikes.

It said no deaths from mechanical injuries were visible and all symptoms were characteristic of a chemical weapons attack, particularly choking agents and organophosphorus agents or hydrocyanic acid.

Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in worldwide relations".

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

A Western draft resolution obtained by AFP at a meeting of the UN Security Council Saturday calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and enforcement of a ceasefire, along with demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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