Syria Meets With Chemical Arms Watchdog Before Probe

Damascus defiant as Trump orders strikes after Syria chemical attack

Israel did not confirm or deny mounting the raid.

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta enclave, which was the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of people.

It included a visit to the main hospital to which the victims of the alleged chemical attack where taken. "We couldn't breathe, it smelled like chlorine". No other group could have carried out this attack. He added: "They think that they're exceptional".

May says the accounts about the use of a barrel bomb suggest that a Syrian government helicopter was seen flying above Douma just before last weekend's attack.

Macron said that "10 days ago President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". One medic said he heard someone scream "Chemical!" but saw no patients with symptoms.

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.

Igor Kirillov, head of Russia's radiological, biological and chemical protection unit, told reporters the roads still had to be de-mined and cleared and would be tested by United Nations security services on Tuesday.

The issue had been dealt with by Russian experts, said the commander, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"The priority today is to give the technical secretariat the means to complete the dismantling of the Syrian programme", Phillipe Lalliot told emergency OPCW talks.

He says the Russian air defense assets in Syria monitored the strike but didn't engage any of the missiles.

The OPCW team dispatched to Syria to investigate does not have a mandate to assign blame.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met overnight with representatives of the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog at a Damascus hotel. Government forces and Russian troops have been deployed in Douma, which is now controlled by the Syrian government.

"The use of chemical weapon is extremely inhumane and we can not absolutely tolerate that". The US expressed concerns that Russian Federation may have tampered with evidence at the site. Russia's defense ministry said more than 100 cruise missiles were fired.

The operation, which was led by the USA, was undertaken in response to a devastating chemical attack in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma, which killed dozens of people earlier this month. "They are frantically looking for some justification if their claims that served as the reason for the strike don't receive confirmation".

Weeks after President Trump said he wanted the United States out of Syria, the U.S.is back in the thick of the conflict.

"Six people were injured including children and women on Monday after a funeral tent of someone who died yesterday [after being] targeted with artillery shells", said Daheik. "There is practically no basis of trust any more", he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The White House pushed back against Macron's comments about Trump's intentions for US forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned that if the strikes continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in global relations". She told MPs on Monday there was "clear evidence" the Assad government was behind the Douma chemical weapons attack But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the action was "legally questionable".

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