What is known about suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria

What is known about suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria

The team will work with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security ensure the safety of the team, it said.

Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria at the weekend.

Uzumcu told emergency talks of the organization in The Hague that Russian and Syrian officials have informed the OPCW team that there were "still pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place".

Separately, Syrian state television has reported a missile attack near Homs targeting Shayrat airbase.

The mission of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to probe the use of chemical weapons in Syria's Douma stalled on Monday amid U.S. accusations against Russian Federation that it meddled with the site of the attack.

In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West´s response, Washington also prepared to increase pressure on Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s main ally, with new economic sanctions.

The global chemical weapons organisation has recorded more than 390 alleged incidents of illicit use of poisonous munitions in Syria since 2014, the British envoy to the organisation said on Monday, calling for members to take collective action.

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France concluded after technical analysis of open sources and "reliable intelligence" that a chemical attack on Douma on April 7 was carried out by Syrian government forces, a declassified intelligence report said on Saturday. There's no evidence of tampering of any kind.

The targeted sites were largely empty but US President Donald Trump hailed a "perfectly executed" operation.

The United States, United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on a number of targets in Syria at 4 a.m. local time on Saturday in retaliation for the so-purported the chemical use.

The OPCW received the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to eliminate chemical weapons in 2013 as it pressed a campaign that resulted the following year in the destruction of Syria's declared stockpiles.

A fact-finding mission by the UN's chemical weapons watchdog has arrived in Damascus. "Failure to act to hold perpetrators to account will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in Syria and beyond", British Ambassador Peter Wilson said. "They were given routine treatment", he told AFP.

A girl looks on following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018.

But "strangers entered as we were in a state of chaos and spread a rumour among people there had been a chemical attack, and people became alarmed".

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