Russia says it found Syrian rebel chemical weapons

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Syrian state-run television has reported that the country's defenses have confronted a new "aggression", shooting down missiles over the central Homs region. As they spoke, government troops were not far away but out of earshot.

Syria and its ally Russia deny any chemical attack took place, and Russian officials have accused Britain of staging a "fake" chemical attack.

He said the supposed evidence the US, UK, and France said they had was only "based on media reports and social media" and that such evidence was a "staged thing".

Shayrat air base was targeted past year in a US cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children, on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and are now expected to visit that site in the town of Douma Wednesday.

"On Wednesday is when we plan the arrival of the OPCW experts", he added at a press conference in the Russian embassy in The Hague. Absolutely confident of it.

U.S. sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

The G-7 members say they "remain committed to a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria".

On Saturday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White was equally vague about evidence.

He says the U.S., France and Britain intervened in a "legitimate, multilateral framework" and stressed airstrikes specifically targeted three chemical weapon facilities "without any human life loss".

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The commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the operation would target the Islamic State and the Nusra Front groups in Yarmouk Camp and the adjoining al-Hajar al-Aswad area.

"The deliberate Israeli slaying of Iranians in the T4 base will have a response but we don't know its nature or its details", Qassem said in the television interview.

It said French experts did not have chemical samples to evaluate, but analyzed "the symptoms identifiable in the images and videos that were made public". This was at the very beginning after this information (of the attack) appeared.

Speaking at a Monday news conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said the operation in Syria was "responding to the evidence collected on the ground that chemical weapons were used against the civilian population by Bashar Assad's regime".

"There was no external attack on Syria", the source added.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Syria and Russian Federation of trying to cover up evidence.

Now, it is under the control of the Syrian government and Russian military.

The say the airstrikes last Saturday by the three nations were "limited, proportionate and necessary" and followed "only after exhausting every possible diplomatic option to uphold the global norm against the use of chemical weapons". The British leader noted that the opposition in Syria does not use barrel bombs or helicopters.

The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is investigating reports that government forces launched an April 7 chemical attack in the final stages of their fight to retake the town of Douma from rebels.

However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations has "provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma".

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