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Inspectors allowed into site of Syrian chemical attack

Inspectors allowed into site of Syrian chemical attack

"No other group could have carried out this attack", May told MPs, adding that the Syrian authorities had attempted to "conceal the facts. supported by the Russians". The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

Several said a unusual smell started spreading and people screamed: "It's chlorine!"

"We are very much aware of the delay that the regime imposed on that delegation but we are also very much aware of how they have operated in the past and seal what they have done using chemical weapons", Mattis said before the start of a meeting with his counterpart from Qatar.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has also firmly denied accusations from the U.S. that there has been any interference with evidence at the site of the suspected Syrian chemical attack which led to Saturday's strikes.

Earlier Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the U.N. Department for Safety and Security.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied using chemical weapons and accused rebels, with Western backing, of using such weapons or faking such an attack.

Less than two days later, the Army of Islam rebels surrendered the town, which was the last stronghold in the once rebellious eastern Ghouta region at the doorstep of Damascus.

Independent investigators have been prevented by Syrian and Russian officials from reaching the scene of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, an official said.

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The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States, Great Britain and France have violated worldwide law and hurt peace process in Syria by launching airstrikes at targets in Damascus.

Instead, Syrian authorities offered them 22 people to interview as witnesses, he said, adding that he hoped "all necessary arrangements will be made.to allow the team to deploy to Douma as soon as possible".

An official close to the Syrian government said the United Nations security team had been met by protesters demonstrating against the US -led strikes. However, the Pentagon said all the missiles successfully hit their designated targets.

Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on Syria's T4 air base, also in Homs.

Mrs May was forced to the Despatch Box to explain her actions following demands for a full Commons debate on the UK's participation in the US-led air strikes.

Macron cited all those "who are outraged each time by images we've seen of children, women who died of a chlorine attack". Israel did not confirm or deny the allegations.

The three Western powers fired around 100 missiles at three suspected chemical facilities in Syria on Saturday, saying they had proof that the government of President Bashar al-Assad was behind the Douma attack.

Mr Igor Kirillov, head of Russia's radiological, biological and chemical protection unit, told reporters the roads still had to be de-mined and cleared and would be tested by United Nations security services on Tuesday.