Inspectors may visit Douma on Wednesday

Inspectors may visit Douma on Wednesday

Russian Federation and Syria had cited "pending security issues to be worked out" while inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were denied access to the site of the alleged attack, said Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the OPCW.

Activists on the ground in Syria said the attack killed more than 40 people and injured hundreds more sheltering from bombing in basements beneath the city.

"We are concerned they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW fact-finding mission to conduct an effective investigation", he said.

Several said a odd smell started spreading and people screamed: "It's chlorine!"

Douma was the last town held by rebels in the eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, until they surrendered the day after the alleged gas attack.

Russian defense commander Igor Kirillov said investigators can access the site Wednesday.

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Hours after the alleged chemical attack, the rebel faction that controlled the town, the Army Of Islam, relented and was evacuated along with thousands of residents. Russian Federation and Iran, both allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have condemned the strikes and Moscow has suggested the attack on civilians was "staged".

The Pentagon denied any American military activity in the area.

But it said no missiles landed inside the bases.

The lack of access to Douma has left unanswered questions about the attack earlier this month.

Nauert added that she was aware of reports from Syria that inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had been able to see the site but "our understanding is that the team has not entered Douma".

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