Syria 'chemical attack': OPCW investigators to be allowed into Douma

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On Tuesday, Kirillov said that inspectors would be allowed once the roads leading to the site were "cleared of mines" and tested by United Nations forces for safety, according to NPR News.

On April 7, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime allegedly dropped chemical weapons on the town of Douma, where rebels were suspected to be hiding out.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the US -aligned kingdom could deploy forces from a bloc of mostly Sunni Muslim nations that was established to fight terrorism.

The team had to return to its base in Damascus after Tuesday's shooting attack.

OPCW inspectors have been attacked on two previous missions to the sites of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Maj. -Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said "a Syrian security employee received light wounds during the crossfire".

'Not a single local resident was able to confirm a chemical attack had actually taken place'.

Meanwhile the USA has accused Russian Federation of blocking inspectors access to the site and raised fears evidence may have been removed.

Earlier on Tuesday, the mission had appeared in question.

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A United Nations official says a U.N. team on a security mission to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was sacked upon and had to return to its base in Damascus.

On Monday, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said Syrian and Russian authorities had blocked its inspectors from going to Douma and instead offered them 22 people to interview as witnesses.

The sources accused Syrian regime forces, who have now taken full control of the town, of carrying out the attack in order to delay the worldwide investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Russian-backed Syrian regime which killed at least 49 civilians last week.

The reported attack led to Western airstrikes against the Syrian government over the weekend.

The 15-member council met for the sixth time in the past nine days on Syria as Russian Federation and Western powers face off over a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma that sparked air strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

It says the total number of evacuees has reached 5,000, including 1,500 gunmen.

"It is highly likely that evidence and essential elements disappear from the site, which is completely controlled by the Russian and Syrian armies", the French foreign ministry said.

Chemical weapons inspectors have entered the Syrian town of Douma to probe an alleged poison gas attack, according to the state-run SANA news agency.

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation of trying to cover up evidence and obstruct the investigation. USA ambassador Kenneth Ward said on Tuesday that he and US allies believe that, in the 11 days since the attack, Russian forces have had plenty of time to tamper with the site.