Syrians Rally in Damascus in Support of Assad's Military

Syrians Rally in Damascus in Support of Assad's Military

In response, the United States, France and Britain conducted unprecedented missile strikes on Syrian military installations, but Paris admitted on Tuesday they were a matter of "honour" that had solved nothing.

On Monday, Syrian and Russian authorities prevented investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from going to the scene, the head of the OPCW said, blocking global efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. The airstrikes were triggered by an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma, just outside of Damascus.

The government insists the incident in Douma on 7 April was fabricated.

The Pentagon said there were no reports of U.S. military activity, after reports from Syrian television that Syrian air defenses responded to a missile attack over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late Monday night. Another strike earlier this month in Homs was blamed on Israel.

Quoting an unnamed military official, state TV said air defences fired a number of missiles due to a "false alarm", but gave no more information.

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the military strikes violated the U.N. Charter and that if they continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations", according to a Kremlin statement on Sunday.

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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.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in NY that the OPCW team had all "necessary clearances" to collect samples in Duma.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the UN Department for Safety and Security. Several said a odd smell started spreading and people screamed, "It's chlorine!" A unusual smell lingered, nine days after the attack.

He and two other residents accused the rebel Army of Islam of carrying out the attack. They said a new wave of Russian "cyberespionage and aggression" had targeted governments and private companies through digital attacks on cyber infrastructure like routers and firewalls.

Separately, the AP spoke to a medic who was among those who later were evacuated to northern Syria.

Syrian activists said more than 40 people were killed, but Syria and Russian Federation deny the attack.

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