Local Syrian American Speaks Out After Recent Missile Attack

Local Syrian American Speaks Out After Recent Missile Attack

Local Syrian American Speaks Out After Recent Missile Attack

The director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a meeting of the OPCW executive council that inspectors had not been allowed to visit the town outside Damascus, the United Kingdom delegation tweeted.

OPCW inspectors have been attacked on two previous missions to the sites of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Syrian authorities were offering 22 people to interview as witnesses instead, he said, adding that he hoped "all necessary arrangements will be made ... to allow the team to deploy to Douma as soon as possible". Nor is there any indication that the strikes will deter the regime of President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons against civilians again.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said earlier that his country is "fully ready" to cooperate with the fact-finding mission.

"It is the lack of approval by the UN Department for Safety and Security for OPCW experts to visit the site in Douma that is the problem", Mr Ryabkov told reporters.

Weeks after President Trump said he wanted the United States out of Syria, the U.S.is back in the thick of the conflict. "We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma", said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The accounts contradict what the Syrian government and Russian Federation have reported: that there was no gas attack in Douma.

The say the airstrikes last Saturday by the three nations were "limited, proportionate and necessary" and followed "only after exhausting every possible diplomatic option to uphold the global norm against the use of chemical weapons".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that Russia interfered with any evidence.

The UN security council's 15 members will meet on Monday to discuss a call for a wider push to eliminate the covert Syrian government stockpiles.

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Syrian government forces retook Douma last week, gaining full control over the former rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, Russian military officials announced at the time. The OPCW team does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attack.

The Shayrat Air Base was hit by 59 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles previous year. The joint body was created in 2015 and found the Syrian government responsible for using sarin gas past year in Khan Shaykhoun, a rebel-held area in northern Syria. Her office said she planned to tell them the strikes were "in Britain's national interest" and were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks.

He said the inspectors can not access the site because it needs permission from United Nations security experts.

In Damascus, hundreds of Syrians gathered on Monday in a landmark square Damascus, rallying in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the unprecedented airstrikes by the West.

State television broadcast the rally live as participants waved Syrian flags and set off fireworks and celebratory gunfire, according to the AP.

And by Saturday morning an unverified video was released showing Bashar Assad, in suit and tie and briefcase in hand, going to work as usual.

The strikes have ratcheted up worldwide tension, as the United States and Russian Federation exchanged threats of retaliation.

At a press conference on Monday, Wilson said the United Nations cleared OPCW inspectors to proceed to Douma, but Russian Federation and Syria were preventing them from completing their mission. "And on Wednesday is when we plan the arrival of the OPCW experts", a senior Russian official said in The Hague on Monday.

But it later admitted that it was a false alarm, not outside aggression, that triggered Syrian air defenses.

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