France says its analysis points to Syria behind Douma gas attack

France says its analysis points to Syria behind Douma gas attack

Some non-governmental organizations, including White Helmets, claim that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7.

Russian Federation has "strongly condemned" the Western missile strikes against Syria, slamming them as "a gross violation of the fundamental principles of worldwide law, [and] an unjustified infringement of the sovereignty of the country". The OPCW has yet to disclose whether it has begun an on-site inspection.

"After examining the videos and images of victims published online, they (intelligence services) were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated", the report said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a statement Saturday saying the organization is in Syria to conduct an investigation into the allegation that the April 7 attack in Duma was a chemical one and will remain there until the task is complete.

"That possibility always has to be taken into account, and investigators will look for evidence that shows whether the incident site has been tampered with", said Ralf Trapp, a consultant and member of a previous OPCW mission to Syria.

Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russian Federation and the Assad government of stopping inspectors from reaching Douma.

Early on Saturday, Washington and its allies unleashed more than 100 missiles on civilian and military facilities in Syria in response to an alleged gas attack in Douma that has been widely blamed on Bashar Assad's government. "I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site", he told the BBC.

Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.

Rescue workers said scores of people died in that incident.

The president tells lawmakers that he acted to "promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region's current humanitarian catastrophe".

"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", the White House's Sanders said.

"We have not done this because President Trump asked us to, we have done it because we believed it was the right thing to do, and we are not alone".

What is said to have happened in the Douma attack?

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement.

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