OPCW inspectors meet senior Syrian govt

British Forces Conduct Targeted Strike Against Syria Says Theresa May

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mokdad confirmed that government officials had met OPCW inspectors, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

"Chemical weapons use has become an all too regular weapon of war in the Syrian conflict", Wilson said, going on to cite 390 allegations of chemical weapons attacks since 2014. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ryabkov further noted that these were the consequences of the USA airstrikes in Syria that hampered the efforts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to probe the alleged attack in Douma.

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of US, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7.

Russian Federation has reacted strongly to the air strikes and warned of "consequences".

Eid implored the president to "listen to his heart", not just his generals, and compared Trump's response in Syria to Obama's inaction.

"The bottom line for me is that this latest strike changed nothing", said Nabeel Khoury, a former U.S. diplomat and now a fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank.

An OPCW meeting devoted to the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria is being held in The Hague on Monday.

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Syria air strikes US President Donald Trump said the Syrian regime attacks"crimes of a monster

Peter Wilson, the UK's OPCW envoy, told the watchdog body that failure to act in Syria will cause "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

The team will also have to deal with the risk that evidence may have been removed from the site, which lies in an area that has been controlled by Russian military police and Syrian forces over the past week.

"That possibility always has to be taken into account, and investigators will look for evidence that shows whether the incident site has been tampered with", Ralf Trapp, a consultant and member of a previous OPCW mission to Syria, told AFP.

On Saturday, Trump called the strike "perfectly executed", on Twitter, writing, "mission accomplished!"

Just hours after the Western strikes, the Syrian military declared it had fully retaken Eastern Ghouta, in a key victory for the resurgent regime, which had launched a blistering two-month assault on the opposition stronghold.

The April 7 strike on Douma, in which most experts say chlorine as well as an agent such as sarin were used, killed at least 40 people, according to local medics.

Yet the Pentagon has said it planned no further strikes and the West already appeared to be shifting its focus to renewed diplomatic action, with a new resolution to be debated at the UN Security Council on Monday.


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