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Attack on UN team delays chemical weapons probe

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/18, 11:41 am

Gunmen in the Syrian town of Douma opened fire on a United Nations security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, forcing it to turn back. The attack caused yet another delay in the fact-finding mission to verify the chemical assault. Ahmet Uzumcu, who heads the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said the team on Tuesday returned to the Syrian capital, Damascus, after gunmen shot at them and detonated an explosive device.

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Chemical weapons team arrives in Douma

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/17/18, 11:12 am

International inspectors on Tuesday arrived in the Syrian town of Douma where first responders and residents reported a chemical attack earlier this month. The team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had waited in the Syrian capital since Saturday for permission from Syrian and Russian authorities to enter Douma. Syrian activists accused government troops of staging the April 7 chemical attack that killed at least 40 people.

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Syrians rally against U.S.-led strike

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/16/18, 11:10 am

Hundreds of Syrians on Monday gathered in the central Omayyad Square in Damascus to show support for the country’s armed forces after the United States and its Western allies targeted Syria with retaliatory airstrikes over the weekend. The United States, Britain, and France, struck sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program after reports of a chemical attack April 7 in the Syrian town of Douma. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his chief ally, Russia, both denied the chemical attack took place.

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