Russia accused of blocking access to alleged chemical attack site

Russia accused of blocking access to alleged chemical attack site


Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 8:35 AM EDT




A team of international inspectors who arrived Saturday in the Syrian capital have not yet been allowed by Russian and Syrian authorities to access the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack, Western diplomats at a meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog agency said Monday. Russian representatives said it was not possible yet to allow the fact-finding mission to the Douma attack site for security reasons.


Ahmet Üzümcü, director general of the OPCW, said only that the team had arrived in Damascus but not yet reached the area of the Douma suburb where an April 7 bombardment left at least 40 people dead.


The U.S., along with Britain and France, says Syrian leader Bashar Assad used a combination of chlorine gas and a nerve agent to poison his own people in the attack, and the three nations launched missile strikes on Friday targeting alleged chemical weapons sites in response.