Chemical watchdog team 'not yet deployed to Douma'

16 April 2018 - 17:12 By afp
Damaged cars and buildings are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 25, 2018.
Damaged cars and buildings are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 25, 2018.
Image: REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Chemical weapons experts have not yet been able to visit the Syrian town of Douma to probe an alleged poison gas attack, the head of the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday.

"The team has not yet deployed to Douma," Ahmet Uzumcu told emergency talks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Russian and Syrian officials "have informed the... team that there were still pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place," he added.

A video published on social media on April 10 2018 supposedly shows the remains of a missile used in a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma.


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