Monday, April 16, 2018

World News Briefs -- April 16, 2018

Syria: Chemical weapons inspectors denied access to Douma site

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons unable to access sites controlled by Russia and Syria

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have been unable to access sites controlled by Russia and the Syrian regime in the town of Douma to investigate an attack on 7 April that killed dozens and prompted US-led missile strikes over the weekend.

The director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a meeting of the OPCW executive council that inspectors had not been allowed to visit the town outside Damascus, the UK delegation tweeted. “Unfettered access essential. Russia & Syria must cooperate,” the delegation tweeted.

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