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Weapons inspectors plan to head to Syria's Douma hours after strikes

Weapons inspectors plan to head to Syria's Douma hours after strikes

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of USA, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7.

Here is the information the Western countries say they have about the suspected Syrian poison gas assault on Douma.

Assad also declined to comment on calls by the US State Department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Zheleznyak said.

The 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. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred. Photographs and video from Douma documented victims suffering from symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, such as asphyxiation and foaming at the mouth, the officials said.

The Russian military said most of the missiles were countered with anti-aircraft defense systems. As of late Friday, there were "no reports of losses" by USA or its allies.

"For all the sound and fury of these strikes, their net effect is a slap on the wrist of Bashar al-Assad", said Nick Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security. In response, they launched missile attacks on 3 locations in Syria on Saturday.

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Madhav said the two ministers stepped down because of the perception about them. "That is also a confidence-building measure". The Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief had alleged that the real culprits were being shielded for political purposes.

"On the intelligence collected by our services, and in the absence to date of chemical samples analysed by our own laboratories, France considers, beyond possible doubt, a chemical attack was carried out against civilians at Douma ... and that there is no plausible scenario other than that of an attack by Syrian armed forces", the report said.

In the days leading up to the USA -led airstrike, both Syria and Russian Federation said that reports of the chemical attack were fabricated. He wrote, "If we do nothing there will be other people and other governments around the world who will look at the impunity of Assad and ask themselves: they got away with it - why shouldn't I?"

Worldwide officials are working to try to confirm the suspected poison gas attack on Douma.

In August 2013, then-President Barack Obama said the U.S. had determined that Syria had launched a chemical weapons attack targeting its own people.

A team of chemical experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, arrived in Damascus hours after the strikes.


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