Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pro-regime gunmen kill Syria teen on bus from Douma

Pro-regime gunmen kill Syria teen on bus from Douma

Inspectors will face a hard task, with all key players having pre-empted their findings, including Western powers, which justified the strikes by claiming they already had proof such weapons were used.

"We strongly condemn (Syria's suspected action) under the position that the proliferation and use of chemical weapons can not, under any circumstances, be tolerated because they threaten the peace and security of the worldwide community", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Due largely to divisions among its five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States - the Council could not adopt three draft resolutions that would have responded to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

They say the strikes are punishment for killing dozens of people, many of them women and children, with banned toxic munitions.

Both Syria and its ally Russian Federation have said they would guarantee the safety and security of the OPCW mission - the first outside Damascus since 2014.

Rescuers and medics have said the alleged attack killed more than 40 people, but Damascus and Moscow have dismissed the reports as "fabrications".

The Syrian Foreign Ministry, according to Wannous, condemns the attack on Damascus saying it threatens to disrupt stability and peace in the world.

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Security permitting, a team from the OPCW will deploy briefly today to the site. The group, which has been working with United Nations Department of Safety and Security, will continue the fact-finding mission.

In Assad's view, the airstrikes that were launched in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian forces on the town of Douma will unify the country. "There's every reason to believe that the objective of the attack on Syria was to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors", the statement read.

The mission will try to determine whether chemical weapons were released and, if so, what agents were used.

Russian inspectors have already concluded that chemical weapons were not used.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' team of inspectors arrived in Damascus just hours after the US, UK and France launched strikes against Syrian government sites.

Syria has been unable to explain several findings by inspectors, including undeclared research and development sites, the presence of banned chemicals and missing munitions, sources have told Reuters.

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