Chemical arms experts due in Douma on Wednesday, says Russian Federation

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Global chemical weapons inspectors do not appear to have visited the site of a suspected attack in Syria after days of delays by Syrian and Russian authorities.

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site", he said in comments at a closed-door meeting which were obtained by Reuters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday, defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorization. The Russian military taskforce in Syria said it visited the hospital in Douma and talked to staff who said they did not confirm reports of such an assault.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria.

Douma was one of the first areas to rise up against President Bashar Assad's government and until a few weeks ago it was a major threat to his seat of power in Damascus, as rebels pelted it with shells, disrupting normal life.

Syrian and Russian security officials have attributed the delay to "security issues" and insisted that roads still had to be de-mined and cleared before the investigators could access Douma.

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

However, none of the three nations have made public the evidence they might have proving a link between the Syrian government and the April 7 attack.

Saturday's strikes came just hours before a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", Ambassador Nikki Haley told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.

Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack. The Syrian military would then enter the town.

"God, when will this bloody spectacle with the States and their 'coalition, ' the militants and the White Helmets, end!"

She said there had been at least four chemical attacks in the a year ago, claiming this meant Bashar Al Assad felt he could use chemicals with impunity and it was becoming a "pattern".

After accusations that Britain was simply following the lead of the United States in the strikes against Assad, May said: "We have not done this because President Trump asked us to do so".

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

As the on-the-ground investigation gets under way, the fallout from the US-led response continued to reverberate, with French President Emmanuel Macron claiming to have persuaded President Donald Trump to keep his troops in Syria.

Corbyn won approval for a debate on parliament's rights in regard to British military action on Tuesday, and parliament debated long into the evening on Monday on the government's strategy in Syria, particularly regarding civilians there. "Their goal is to try to deflect attention", she said.



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