Chemical weapons inspectors visit Syria's Douma

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Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) only just reached Douma, scene of an alleged chemical bombing attack on April 7, and have not had time to test samples they collected to see if banned poison chemicals were actually used, but already United States manstream media reporting on the situation in the Damascus suburb where the alleged chemical attack occurred is starting to shift, seeming to fall more comfortably in line with the USA government position that the attack, if it happened, was the work of the Syrian military.

The OPCW has been investigating use of toxic chemicals in Syria's civil war since 2014.

Western officials and Syrian activists have accused Russian Federation and the Syrian government of trying to tamper with evidence of the chemical attack after OPCW inspectors were delayed from visiting the site.

The OPCW says it will evaluate the situation and consider future steps, including another possible visit to the site.

Earlier on Saturday, the foreign ministry of Russian Federation, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, had also said that the OPCW inspectors had entered Douma.

Syria's Foreign Ministry denounced the tripartite strikes as a "brutal, barbaric aggression" aimed at blocking a probe by the OPCW into the suspected gas attack in Douma.

In response, the US, UK and France hit back at Assad's regime over the weekend by targeting what they said were chemical weapons facilities.

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Syria, which is a signatory to the CWC, surrendered its chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN.

Once samples and other information and materials collected by the team are analyzed, the OPCW will draft a report that will be submitted to the State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Last week, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that there are still militants in Douma who "terrorize citizens and, among other things, impede the normal work of representatives of the global community - the United Nations and the OPCW".

The city of Duma, capital of eastern Guta region located about 10 kilometres norast of Damascus, has been controlled by insurrectional factions for nearly six years.

The organization of volunteer lifeguards White Helmets, which operates in areas controlled by Syrian opposition, charged on day 7 to President Bashar al-Assad's regime of a poisonous gas attack that had caused at least 40 dead and hundreds of intoxicated in Duma. According to the foreign Minister of France, it could also indicate an attempt to hide the use of chemical weapons. The Douma attack has been the subject of a swirl of conflicting claims and counterclaims and rival theories, mostly fought out on the internet.

Images emerging from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.

The US, UK and France launched military strikes on Syria following the suspected attack.

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