OPCW to inspect attack site in Syria

April 11, 2018

The OPCW team will travel to Douma in Syria to investigate whether a chemical attack took place.

The Syrian government has invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send a team to investigate allegations of a chemical attack in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, state media reports.

The suspected chemical weapons attack late on Saturday killed at least 60 people, with more than 1000 injured at several sites in Douma, a town near the capital, Damascus, according to the Union of Medical Care Organisations.

The Syrian medical aid group is partly funded by Western governments and operates in opposition areas.

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied involvement in any such attack.

"Syria is keen on co-operating with the OPCW to uncover the truth behind the allegations that some western sides have been advertising to justify their aggressive intentions," state news agency SANA said on Tuesday, quoting an official source in the foreign ministry.

On Monday, Russia and Syria both offered during the UN Security Council meeting to take OPCW investigators to Douma. In Tuesday's statement, the government said it was ready to offer all assistance needed for the mission to fulfil its task.

It also called on the mission to operate "in a full transparent manner and to rely on solid and credible evidence", the statement cited by state media added.

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