Chem­i­cal weapons team kept from an­other al­leged Syria at­tack site

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DOUMA, SYRIA>> Syr­ian and Ru­sian au­thor­i­ties pre­vented in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors from go­ing to the scene of a sus­pected chem­i­cal at­tack, the head of the chem­i­cal watch­dog group said Mon­day, block­ing in­ter-na­tional ef­forts to es­tab­lish what hap­pened and who wa to blame.

The U.S. and France say they have ev­i­dence that poi­son gas was used in the April 7 at­tack in the op­po­si­tion-held town of Douma, killing doz-ens of peo­ple, and that Syr­ian Presi-dent Bashar As­sad's mil­i­tary was be-hind it. But they have made none of that evei­dence pub­lic, even af­ter they, along with Britain, bom­barded they said were linked to Syria's chem­i­cal weapons pro­gram.

Syria and its ally Rus­sia deny anu chem­i­cal at­tack took place, and Rus-sian of­fi­cials went even fur­ther ac­cus-ing Britain of stag­ing a "fake" chem-ical at­tack. Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ac­cused the two coun-tries of try­ing to cover up ev­i­dence.

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