Chemical Weapons Watchdog in Syria to Begin Probe on Wednesday

ReutersBritain France and the US hit Syria with airstrikes last night

The alleged gas attack, which Syrian activists say killed more than 40 people, prompted punitive US, British and French airstrikes.

Experts arrived in Damascus on Saturday, but they have been unable to visit the nearby town of Douma because of "security issues" cited by Russian Federation.

Russian military police were ready to help protect the OPCW experts on their visit to Douma, said Maj.

Syrian and Russian forces gained control over Douma on Saturday when rebels withdrew from the town, hours after the end of the Western countries' attacks.

Journalists in Damascus were prevented by government minders from contacting the OPCW inspectors, and The Hague-based organization refused to comment on "operational details regarding the Douma deployment". USA officials have said they believe chlorine and sarin gas were dropped there.

They arrived in Douma more than a week after the US government and its allies accused President Bashar al-Assad of killing his own people with poison gas in the April 7 attack.

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The OPCW would not reveal to CNN its team's whereabouts, saying it was unable to share operational details to "to preserve the integrity of the investigatory process and its results", as well as for security reasons.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes aimed to defend "the honour of the worldwide community" in the face of Syria's suspected violation of the UN Chemical Weapons Convention.

Both Syria and its main backer, Russia, deny the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

The Kremlin also denied that Russian Federation was not allowing the OPCW mission in.

"Every day matters", he told CNN recently.

"This raises serious questions about the ability of the (team) to do its job", Ward said.

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Tensions between the US and Russian Federation have escalated in recent days over the conflict in Syria.

The inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Syria to investigate an April 7 incident in which Western countries and rescue workers say scores of civilians were gassed to death by government forces. The attack has already been slammed by a number of countries, including Russian Federation and Iran. Information on the attack site is murky, and different sides are giving conflicting details and accusing one another of cooking up conspiracy theories. "It is right that Parliament has the power to support or stop the government from taking planned military action", he said. CNN could not corroborate that allegation. "We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma".

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia called the behavior of the USA, the United Kingdom and France "hypocritical".

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

Mrs May defended her decision during the 165-minute session, and MPs voted to say they felt the situation in Syria had been considered before she gave the go-ahead for the United Kingdom to take part in the strikes.

Laura Smith MP for Crewe and Nantwich asked: "I wondered, can the Prime Minister tell us at what point the president instructed her that military action would be taken?"

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Independent chemical weapons investigators will be allowed the visit the site of an alleged chemical attack in Douma tomorrow, Russian Federation has said.

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