Friday, 21 September, 2018

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Claim Russia, Syria Blocked Them from Visiting Attack Site

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Kenny Thornton | 17 April, 2018, 18:49

The South African government has reiterated its call for the peaceful resolution of conflict in Syria, following attacks in three separate areas in the country on Friday night. Nuseir said a gas cylinder was found leaking the poison gas, adding that he didn't think it was dropped from the air because it still looked intact. "I still remember that day the cloud was black and the people were choking by the chemical attack", explains Alkhadi.

A visit by chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria was delayed on Monday, British and Russian officials said, as Western powers and Russia traded accusations in the aftermath of retaliatory USA -led missile strikes.

The OPCW team arrived in Syria shortly before the air strikes and met with Syrian officials.

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.

The heavily armed, Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian Army and is represented in the Beirut government, has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syria's war.

Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area. The OPCW team does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attack. "Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition".

However, Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, maintained Moscow did not interfere with the investigation.

"I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site", Lavrov told the BBC in an interview Monday.

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Alexander Shulgin, the Russian envoy at the OPCW in The Hague, said allegations that Russia might destroy evidence reflected Washington's effort to justify Saturday's strikes.

Here are the top 10 developments in the Syrian conflict and the likelihood of the U.S. imposing fresh sanctions on Russian Federation for supporting Syria: 1)PM May legitimises Syria strike back home: British Prime Minister Theresa May defended the action in British parliament and said to the MPs that it was "legally and morally right" for the United Kingdom to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering". "They are frantically looking for some justification if their claims that served as the reason for the strike don't receive confirmation". U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had said a decision was coming Monday for sanctions against Russian Federation for enabling the Assad government to continue using chemical weapons, but the White House did not commit to that timetable.

"We're here to celebrate the victory of the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta and to send a message to Trump and his allies that they failed", Assad supporter Naila Badr said, her hair wrapped in a white headscarf.

"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", she said.

The UK government blamed Russia for the poisoning, and the episode prompted the expulsions of Russian diplomats from more than 20 countries.

Putin, the Kremlin added, stressed that if "such actions, carried out in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations".

"We are determined to completely crush [the Islamic State extremist group] and create the conditions that will prevent its return", she said. Speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, Macron stressed that the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side and to the United States on the other side.

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