Syria chemical weapons visit postponed after gunfire

A gunner checks his sights at a Syrian government artillery position between Talbiseh and Rastan in the northern countryside of Homs

A gunner checks his sights at a Syrian government artillery position between Talbiseh and Rastan in the northern countryside of Homs

Russia's military says a Syrian security employee was wounded in an attack on a United Nations team as it was on a security mission to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack just outside Damascus.

The U.N. has promised a written report on Tuesday's shootings at U.N. security team, and the OPCW fact-finding mission will also produce a report on whether chemical weapons were used, and if so what kind, Pierce said.

The Pentagon said on Thursday that while there were no signs the Syrian government was preparing to launch a chemical weapons attack, they still retained the ability to launch limited attacks in the future, Reuters reported."They do retain a residual capability". Then on Tuesday, the advance security team from the United Nations came under fire, compounding the delays.

Uzumcu said on Monday that the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation were blocking his team from visiting Douma.

The US, in coordination with the United Kingdom and France, fired a barrage of missiles against three targets in Syria that it alleged contained, manufactured or researched chemical weapons.

But Syria is also home to advanced Russian missile defense systems treated with a healthy respect by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States, but the USA says those launchers remained silent throughout the strike. The Russian military said a Syrian security employee was slightly wounded in the crossfire Tuesday, but no Russian servicemen were at the site of the attack. Initially, Russia and Syria denied any chemical attack had happened. The Army of Islam surrendered Douma two days later. The Civil Defense no longer has a presence in Douma after being evacuated to rebel-held areas of northern Syria when the government took over the town.

Dumayr is near the eastern Ghouta region, which came under full government control last week after a weekslong offensive and an alleged chemical weapons attack.

The town is under the protection of Russia's military police.

France has said it was very likely that evidence of the poison gas attack was disappearing before the inspectors could reach the town. The United States has credible information that Russian Federation and Syria are trying to "sanitise" the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while denying access to the area by global inspectors, the State Department said yesterday.

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