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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…

Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack, Damascus denies

BEIRUT: A chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta killed dozens of people, a medical relief organization and rescue workers said, and Washington said it would demand an immediate international response if the reports were confirmed. Medical relief organization Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said 41 people had been killed, with other reports putting the death toll much higher. The civil defense rescue service put it as high as 150 on one of its Twitter feeds. The Russian-backed Syrian state denied…

UN war crimes investigators say probing alleged Syria gas attack

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations war crimes investigators said on Tuesday they were looking into an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Syrian town in Idlib as well as reports of a subsequent attack on a medical facility where injured people were being treated. In a statement condemning the attack that killed scores of civilians, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that the use of chemical weapons as well as any deliberate targeting of medical facilities "would amount to war crimes and serious violations of human…

‘Gas attack’ kills 58 in rebel-held Syria town

KHAN SHEIKHUN, SYRIA: A suspected chemical attack killed at least 58 civilians including several children in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a monitor said, with the opposition accusing the government and demanding a UN investigation. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun left dozens suffering respiratory problems and symptoms including vomiting, fainting and foaming at the mouth, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A hospital in the town where doctors were treating victims of the…