OPCW inspectors to be allowed in to Douma

OPCW headquarters

The U.S. and France say they have evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's military was behind the poison gas attack, but they have made none of that evidence public.

Haley on Sunday said new US sanctions on Russian Federation would be announced on Monday by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but the White House said no such decision had been made.

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.

It was the first time MPs had the chance to question Mrs May over her decision to join the United States and France in attacking Syria due to the Easter break. Back in 2014, Syria surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons to a joint mission led by the USA and the OPCW, which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry.

Douma was the last town to hold out in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave, the last big rebel bastion near the capital Damascus.

The government insists the incident in Douma on 7 April was fabricated.

The UK envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, on Monday accused Syria and Russian Federation of blocking the team's access to the site, which Russian Federation denied.

Douma hospital workers who stayed in the town after the army recaptured it have said that none of the people injured on the night of the attack were exposed to chemical weapons.

Syrian and Russian officials had warned of "pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place", Mr Uzumcu said.

But "strangers entered as we were in a state of chaos and spread a rumour among people there had been a chemical attack, and people became alarmed". Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

On Tuesday, Syrian state media said air defence had shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

Mrs May added that it was "legally and morally right" for the United Kingdom to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering".

Russian Federation and Syria deny that any chemical attack took place, saying instead that the April 7 attack was "staged".

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

"The problem was that the experts of the OPCW had no permission to come to the scene in Douma". Israel did not confirm or deny it.

Medical charities operating in opposition-held parts of Syria have dismissed those statements as propaganda, given under duress now that government forces control the town.

"Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, it must be done only by OPCW inspectors".

The Kremlin also denied that Russian Federation was not allowing the OPCW mission in.

Jerry Smith, a former chemical weapons inspector in Syria and founder of the RameHead Consulting International security firm, warned that a substance like chlorine could "disappear in a couple of hours".

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