Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg on Monday

Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria

Russian officials say global chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Syrian town of Douma on April 18 to investigate the site of a suspected gas attack there, amid USA fears that Moscow may already have "tampered with" evidence at the site.

Syrian state television reported that the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had entered Douma.

Now Syrian state media say chemical weapons inspectors have been allowed access to the town. Both Syria and its main backer, Russia, deny the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

Russian Federation claimed that it was "staged".

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. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

But "strangers entered as we were in a state of chaos and spread a rumour among people there had been a chemical attack, and people became alarmed".

Days before the US, together with the United Kingdom and France, bombarded targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack, President Trump said the USA would get out of Syria "very soon".

Ken Ward, US ambassador to the OPCW, claimed on Monday that the Russians had already visited the site and "may have tampered with it".

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During the meeting, Syrian envoy announced that Damascus had implemented all measures to aid the OPCW fact-finding mission so it can begin its probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria tomorrow.

Douma was the last rebel-held town near Damascus, and the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands.

"We were brought in with a government escort and shown the areas where the chemical attack allegedly happened and we got to speak with residents in the area".

On Monday, they highlighted their military gains, as Syrian forces drove through Douma.

Mr Corbyn said: "The Government's failure to seek - let alone obtain - parliamentary approval for these air strikes sets a precedent for potential and more unsafe future action not just in Syria, but other countries".

Syrian state TV reported missiles targeting Homs were intercepted and did not cause damage.

"The Syrian regime has reportedly been attempting to hide the evidence by searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not being smuggled from this area, and a wider operation to hide the facts of the attack is under way, supported by the Russians", she said. He denied that Russian Federation was hampering the mission and suggested the approval was held up because of the Western airstrikes. After he was revived, he returned to the shelter and found his wife and daughters dead, with foam coming from their mouths.

"No other group could have carried out this attack", May told MPs, adding that the Syrian authorities had attempted to "conceal the facts... supported by the Russians". "We couldn't breathe, it smelled like chlorine".

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