Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a meeting with his Dutch counterpart in Moscow

Moscow and Damascus are waging the same "battles" against terrorism and "to protect global law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people", Assad said in comments carried by state media, an apparent jab at the three Western allies.

"The Russians or others may very well be trying to clean up things - throwing dust everywhere and trying to make it look natural", he said.

Russian Federation and Iran have called the action a "military crime" and "act of aggression". A Pentagon spokeswoman said there was no USA military activity in the area.

In his recent comments made on Tuesday, Adel al-Jubeir said that the offer of deployment was not at all a new one with the fact that the Riyadh had already proposed the idea to former US President Barack Obama.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said.

President Donald Trump ordered the military action last Friday, stating that the United States had enough evidence needed to proceed with airstrikes.

Alexander Shulgin, the Russian envoy at the OPCW in The Hague, said allegations that Russia might destroy evidence reflected Washington's effort to justify Saturday's strikes.

"It was created to penetrate defenses, and it generally does", Thompson said.

The US-led attack on alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities raised a question around the world: What next? "I think they're feeling that".

"This is not an isolated incident-the Syrian regime has a clear history of using chemical weapons even after pledging that it had given up its chemical weapons program", the White House said in a statement.

Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin

That mission was postponed as the United States, Britain, and France launched more than 100 missiles against Syria-based targets, accusing the country of deploying chemical arms in Douma.

The US and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in Douma, killing at least 40 people, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad's military was behind it.

She also said she's not impressed with the reaction of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed support for the strikes but seems reluctant to get directly involved.

A United Nations security team entered Douma on Tuesday ahead of the planned visit by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) worldwide watchdog. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met with members of the watchdog group in their Damascus hotel Sunday.

Instead, a United Nations security team entered Douma to "conduct a reconnaissance visit to the sites" ahead of the visit by the inspectors, according to an OPCW statement. It later deployed another 5,000 security forces there.

"The Syrian regime has reportedly been attempting to hide the evidence by searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not being smuggled from this area, and a wider operation to hide the facts of the attack is under way, supported by the Russians", she said.

Douma was the last town to hold out in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave, the last big rebel bastion near the capital Damascus.

France, meanwhile, has reached out to Russian Federation, urging it to join renewed peace efforts.

The British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, said that the current Syria war situation will remain unchanged despite the aerial strikes by the countries.

A Syrian refugee is thanking President Trump after a US -led coalition launched airstrikes in Syria to punish the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians.

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