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Investigators allowed to visit Syria's Douma: Russia


Moscow/Damascus, Apr 17 (IANS): Russian authorities have said that investigators will be permitted to visit the Syrian town of Douma where an alleged chemical attack took place on April 7, a media report said.

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus on April 14, reports CNN.

When the team visits the site on Wednesday, they are expected to gather soil and other samples to help identify the substances, if any, used in the attack that killed over 70 people.

The US envoy to the OPCW, however, expressed concern that Russia had visited the site and "may have tampered with it" to impede the investigation.

But in a BBC interview on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site."

Lavrov slammed the US, UK and France for carrying out the strikes on targeted Syrian properties on the night of April 13 which came as a retaliation to the Douma attack, before the OPCW team could conduct its investigation.

On Tuesday, Syrian state media said the country's air defences had responded to a missile attack over the western city of Homs, the BBC reported.

The missiles targeted Shayrat air base, but did not say who fired the missiles.

Another report, from the pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia, said that Syrian air defences had intercepted three missiles targeting Dumair military airport, north-east of the capital Damascus.


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