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CHEMICAL WEAPONS INSPECTORS FINISH GROUND MISSION IN SYRIA’S DOUMA

DAMASCUS, Syria, The inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), finished their work in inspecting alleged chemical attack in the Syrian capital, Damascus' eastern Douma district, the OPCW said in a statement, on Friday.

The statement said, the initial deployment of the fact-finding mission of the OPCW to gather facts in Douma is completed, adding that, the collected samples were sent to the organisation's laboratories for analysis, that could take "at least three to four weeks."

Meanwhile, the OPCW said, it cannot determine the time-frame on when its report about its findings in Douma will be presented to the States' Parties.

The arrival of the OPCW team last month came, after the Syrian government invited them to investigate the Apr 7 incident, in which the rebels and activists accused the Syrian forces of using chlorine gas in an attack.

The Syrian government denied the allegations and said, the rebels and their foreign backers were fabricating events, to attract foreign military action.

On Apr 14, the United States, France, and Britain launched a series of missile strikes on Syrian positions, over the allegations. The OPCW team arrived on the same day, but after the strikes were over.

However, the Syrian government maintained that it demands an inspection into the allegations, to "expose the lies of the Western powers.

Source: Nam News Network