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Missile Strikes Unlikely to stop Syria's Chemical attacks

20 Avril 2018

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were still not able to reach the scene, 12 days after the suspected attack.

A boy sits on a chair along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria on April 16.

"At present, we do not know when the FFM [fact-finding mission] team can be deployed to Douma", OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü says in the statement.

"The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, expressed Washington's concern that almost two weeks after the attack, inspectors would find tampering of evidence". Russia, who has provided Assad with direct military support throughout the nation's civil war and notably took responsibility for ensuring the nation's chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed, has since offered a growing number of alternative (and increasingly conspiratorial) theories about what really happened in Douma two weeks ago. White said all the targets were hit in the combined strikes.

"That is of great concern to us", she said.

The rejection on Tuesday came during the sixth UNSC emergency meeting on Syria since the suspected chemical attack claimed the lives of at least 85 people on April 7, according to medical personnel. Russian Federation expelled an equal number of foreign diplomats in response.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Tuesday that airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites on April 7 by the U.S., Britain and France had set back political negotiations to end the even-year conflict. Russian Federation and Assad's government deny this.

Douma was the last town to hold out in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave, the last big rebel bastion near the capital Damascus, which was captured by a government advance over the past two months.

The three allies have put forward a Security Council draft resolution in a bid to relaunch talks aimed at ending a war that has left more than 350,000 people dead and displaced more than half of the Syrian population.

Russia's military says a Syrian security employee was wounded in an attack on a United Nations team as it was on a security mission to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack just outside Damascus. "I have no idea where that story came from", Mattis told reporters. Likewise, the resolution would "would also create a new investigative mechanism to look into chemical weapons attacks in Syria and determine who is responsible".

The 28 ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation.

The mission "will continue its work", the official said.

And she said it was bureaucracy that was stopping the inspectors entering the area to carry out tests rather than the Russians.

Responding to Haley's remarks, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of a Russian parliamentary defence committee, said Moscow was ready for the penalties. Now we can go and anyone from the Syrian Arab Army will offer you anything you demand.

Moved by the images of the civilian victims of the suspected chemical attack, U.S. President Donald Trump made no secret he was convinced of the need for a muscular U.S. response.

Missile Strikes Unlikely to stop Syria's Chemical attacks