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OPCW experts collect samples from Duma, Syria

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that it traveled to Duma this Saturday to inspect the site of the alleged chemical attack.

OPCW inspectors announced on Saturday afternoon that they had taken samples at the site of the alleged chemical attack in Douma. The organization that will be conducting their analysis shortly does not rule out conducting a new inspection in the city in the future.

“The OPCW will assess the situation and consider the need to take further steps, including the possibility of a new trip to Duma,” the organization said in a statement posted on its website.

The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , who earlier announced that the OPCW was on its way to Duma, also hoped that “the inspectors of the Organization would conduct the most impartial investigation possible that would allow ‘to establish all the circumstances of what had happened’.

At the same time, Maria Zakharova pointed out that the mission arrived at the scene 11 days after the OPCW Technical Secretariat received the official request from Damascus to send investigators.

The diplomat also expressed concern about “attempts by OPCW experts to limit the number of locations related to the alleged chemical attack to be inspected and to limit the circle of people to be interviewed.”