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What we know about the OPCW mission to Syria

What we know about the OPCW mission to Syria

The team will work with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security ensure the safety of the team, it said.

The attack, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the U.S. and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against. The Russian military said they'd be allowed in Wednesday.

Separately, Syrian state television has reported a missile attack near Homs targeting Shayrat airbase.

The suspected attack in Douma, outside Damascus, in which the World Health Organization has said 43 people who died suffered "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", occurred on April 7. There's no evidence of tampering of any kind.

The targeted sites were largely empty and were all said to be facilities for chemical weapons storage or production.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the UN. Western states have used those videos as proof of Damascus' involvement in the alleged chemical attack in order to launch strikes against Syria.

"Reliable intelligence indicates that Syrian military officials have coordinated what appears to be the use of chemical weapons containing chlorine on Douma, on April 7", the report said.

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And the United States called for a clear condemnation by the OPCW of "the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror".

OPCW inspectors have raised questions about the SSRC since 2013, when Damascus joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to do away with its stockpile to avert threatened strikes under President Barack Obama.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of president Bashar Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

The report showed people waving Syrian flags, alongside those of Iran and Russia- the main allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad during years of the country's conflict - in the face of what many called "limited" or even "failed" strikes created to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

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".

Britain's envoy Peter Wilson urged the meeting "to act to hold perpetrators to account", saying failure to do so "will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in Syria and beyond".

Russian ambassador Shulgin repeated the accusations telling reporters in The Hague that Douma residents had not been able to produce "a single body".