Inspectors collect samples at site of alleged chemical attack in Syria

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The team have been delayed reaching Douma several times.

The OPCW mission aims to establish whether chemical weapons were used, but is not mandated to apportion blame for the attack.

The latest suspected attack in Douma earlier this month killed dozens of people and left hundreds more needing treatment. The joint military response by the US, UK and France followed a war of words with Russia, Syria's main military ally.

The delay in the OPCW visit encouraged the proliferation of rival theories and accusations rebounded between the various capitals and across the internet, with the US accusing Russian Federation of delaying OPCW to rid the sites of incriminate evidence.

Nearly two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed nearly 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Douma.

Since April 7, Russian and Syrian state-run television outlets have broadcast reports casting doubt on the Douma attack.

Based on the analysis of the sample results as well as other information and materials collected by the team, the fact-finding mission will compile their report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration.

Finding direct traces of presence of chlorine gas (toxic) is hard after 10 days of an attack and case of sarin gas (lethal nerve agent) can be found until 15 days later.

"Also, just recently, our defence ministry's troops liberating Douma found a stockpile of chemicals produced in Germany, Porton Down and Salisbury, among others, ' Mr Lavrov said". "It seems odd that Russia says about the safeguards, and then sent forward the United Nations team is attacked and gets safe access, but at the same time, the team of Russian journalists have the opportunity to visit the scene of the attack", - said the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany.

The visit would allow the agency to move forward with an independent investigation to find out what chemicals, if any, were used.

The US has warned any evidence of a chemical attack is likely to have degraded or been cleaned up the longer the OPCW specialists are kept back from the scene.

The purported chemical incident in Douma allegedly took place on April 7.

Higgins' geo-tagging tracking of the trajectory of missiles fired in a 2013 chemical attack was seen widely as important open-source evidence undermining Syrian government denials.

Set up in 2014, the on-going mandate of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission is "to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic".

The reporter then said he could not verify the people's statements and cannot say if they are all true but called them quite "convincing" and added that they deserve attention.

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