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Chemical inspectors in Damascus are trying to reach Duma

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its team of inspectors, who arrived in Damascus to investigate the attack on the city of Duma on April 7, will try to reach the city, despite the Western military strikes in Syria on Saturday.

The organization said in a statement that the team will visit the site of the attack in the city of Duma if the security situation allowed.

Organization noted that the mission will conduct investigations throughout Syria to find out the facts on charges of using chemical weapons in Duma.

On the other hand, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed that allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria require an investigation by the United Nations, adding that international investigators are ready to visit the site of the attack.

Western powers have accused Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons in the Duma attack, which has killed dozens of civilians. Russia, the main backer of Assad, has denied the charges and said Russian military experts have gone to Duma and found no trace of chemicals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed earlier that the Syrian regime expressed its readiness to provide all necessary assistance for the work of the OPCW.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country had “irrefutable evidence” that the attack was a “play” co-authored by the intelligence of a country waging a hate campaign against Russia, a reference to Britain.