Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

An image from a video released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets shows medical workers treating toddlers following an alleged poison gas attack in the opposition-held town of Douma Syria Vladimir Putin Says Missile Strikes On Syria Will Make The Humanitarian Catastrophe Worse
Faye Gross | 20 April, 2018, 00:46

We did not go into war against Syria or against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the U.S., British, and French strikes in Syria his country will continue "to move against Iran in Syria".

The US-led strikes were the biggest global attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the start of Syria's seven-year war.

Russian Federation had called for the latest UNSC meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Raqqa, which has been under the Syrian Democratic Forces' control since they reclaimed it from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) a year ago. After that, a missile attack on the alleged chemical weapons warehouses followed.

According to the director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the team had been deployed to the location of the alleged chemical attack when they were targeted.

Meanwhile, a new strategy appeared to be crystalizing to let the US leave Syria without relinquishing its interests to the Assad government or his allies, Iran and Russian Federation.

The team has been in the country since Saturday but has been denied access to the site in the town of Douma, the BBC reports.

The punitive strikes were launched before a fact-finding team was able to enter Douma, where the alleged April 7 chemical attack happened, and begin its field work.

A group of United Nations security personnel that visited Duma to assess the situation in the town ahead of the work of OPCW experts came under fire from militants on Wednesday.

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Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied the claims, saying the OPCW needed United Nations permission before anyone could travel to the area.

At a Saturday press briefing, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said, "None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and we have no indication that Russian air-defense systems were employed".

The usage of chemical weapons in Syria during the war have remained a constant issue since the start of the war in late 2013.

The Syrian government had told the team that they could not accompany them because a ceasefire agreement prevented them from entering the area.

Douma was the last rebel-held town near Damascus, and the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands.

The Post report states that the sanctions are under "serious consideration" but Trump is reluctant to sign off on them unless Russian Federation gives him "another triggering event" to do so.

" 'We've had over a week now where people, lots of different people, we don't know who may have traipsed in and out of that, ' he says". Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday the USA did not believe the inspectors had entered Douma, and that the evidence is at risk of decaying as delays drag on. It also showed footage of what it says are weapons handed over to the Syrian military.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Western strikes had violated global law and set back the peace process, the Kremlin said.

Russian Federation and Syria deny using poison gas, hindering the investigation or tampering with evidence.

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