Syria blocks poi­son probe

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

SYR­IAN and Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties, cit­ing “se­cu­rity is­sues”, pre­vented in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors from go­ing to the scene of a sus­pected chem­i­cal at­tack, block­ing in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to es­tab­lish what hap­pened and who was to blame.

The US and France say they have ev­i­dence that poi­son gas was used in the April 7 at­tack in the op­po­si­tion-held town of Douma, killing dozens of peo­ple, and that Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s mil­i­tary was be­hind it.

Syria and its ally Rus­sia deny any chem­i­cal at­tack took place.

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