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Chemical weapons watchdog inspectors have samples from Syria’s Douma

AMSTERDAM: A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said. In a statement, the OPCW said it would now evaluate and consider whether the team needs to make a second visit to Douma. Samples will be transported back to the Netherlands and onward to the organisation’s network of designated labs for analysis. Based on the…

Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria’s Douma

DAMASCUS: Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said. "The fact-funding team arrived in Damascus on Saturday and is due to go to Douma on Sunday," Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP. A delegation of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, is tasked with investigating an April 7 attack on Douma, just east of Damascus. Western powers…

At destroyed Syria lab, workers deny producing toxic weapons

Plastic gloves and face masks lay scattered in the rubble of a Syrian research lab destroyed by Western strikes on Saturday, where an official denied the centre was developing chemical weapons. US, British and French strikes slammed into a series of targets around Damascus that the Western countries said were linked to the Syrian government's chemical weapons programme. One multi-storey complex, in the capital's northern district of Barzeh, had been completely reduced to rubble, AFP's correspondents saw during a…

OPCW continuing mission into Syria gas attack despite air strikes

THE HAGUE: Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog are continuing their mission to probe a gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes in Syria, the body said Saturday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with UN security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team," it said. It vowed in its statement that the fact-finding mission due to go to Douma later Saturday "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab…