Inspectors barred from attack site in Syria

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting with his team to discuss the situation, but she said "no final decision has been made".

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

Syrian and Russian officials had warned of "pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place", Uzumcu said.

Weapons inspectors will try on Saturday to reach the site of a suspected poison attack in the Syrian town of Douma, hours after Western countries launched air strikes in retaliation over the gassing.

Douma is the largest town of the suburbs known as eastern Ghouta and its capture marks the biggest victory for President Bashar Assad's forces since the conflict began seven years ago.

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.

Syrian state TV carried live images of hourslong street celebrations with people dancing and chanting in support of their government's "steadfastness" following unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain on Syria.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the UN.


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.

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands worldwide accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts", Ward was quoted as saying.

A fact-finding mission by the UN's chemical weapons watchdog has arrived in Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army announced that the Eastern Ghouta region, where Douma is situated, has been cleared of the last rebel fighters and has been fully retaken.

The US and the United Kingdom both have both accused Russian Federation of impeding the inspectors. "They were given routine treatment", he told AFP.

At least 40 people were killed in the Douma attack.

The report showed people waving Syrian flags, alongside those of Iran and Russia- the main allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad during years of the country's conflict - in the face of what many called "limited" or even "failed" strikes created to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

Russian ambassador Shulgin repeated the accusations telling reporters in The Hague that Douma residents had not been able to produce "a single body".

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