In a press release, the OPCW said its team had visited one of the two sites reportedly bombed in Douma on 7 April.
United Nations security experts deployed to the town on Tuesday to check it was safe, but were forced to pull out after an explosion went off and they were shot at. Syria had already fulfilled its undertakings to destroy stockpiles of such weaponry, with the OPCW reporting the destruction as complete. Although technically speaking chlorine (the gas alleged to have been used in Douma) is a substance which could fade away relatively easily, Sarin, the nerve agent which is also alleged to have been deployed, is quite persistent in the environment and its traces could be collected through environmental sampling.
A fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) finally entered the area on Saturday after days of being held back.
"Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team" a report will be drawn up, the OPCW added.
Assad and his main ally, Russia, have denied responsibility for the attack.
"The use of chemical weapons is a flagrant violation of worldwide law", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (all 29 NATO member nations supported the action) said in an interview with National Public Radio.
The Syria government says it has retaken control of Douma from rebels, but Mekdad said "sleeping cells" from terrorist groups remain there.
Western officials fear that evidence of the alleged double chemical attack may have been tampered with.
"Autopsy samples, if available, will provide invaluable evidence", said Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at the University of Leeds.
The committee has been negotiating a deal to spare the city a military assault by the Syrian army and its allies who encircle it.
Russian ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the delays to the OPCW team were "unacceptable", in a statement Saturday.
Thousands of people were sheltering in basements from government bombardment, when two bombs filled with chemicals were allegedly dropped several hours apart on two separate locations.
If any unlawful conduct counter to the Chemical Weapons Convention is left unaddressed, a hurdle to the use of chemical weapons could be lowered in conflicts in various places around the world.
The Syrian government and Russian Federation deny chemical weapons were used and say evidence was fabricated.
Time will tell to what extent the airstrikes impact use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the decision to deliver a message to the Assad regime was the right one. More than 350,000 people have died in the civil war, and evacuees both at home and overseas exceed 10 million.
The 19-year-old non-student suspect was confronted by the school resource officer within three minutes of the 8:39 shooting . The activities of a college resource officer were praised by Authorities after having a shooting in a Florida high school.
He made five of his last six attempts from the floor after missing his first five shots. "I don't really get caught up in that". The Heat started out the game up 4-0, before the Sixers mounted a comeback behind Marco Belinelli and Robert Covington .
He followed a month later with a full-length documentary called True Stories , which was largely about his retirement. DJ Deadmau5 wrote: "My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the chums, followers and households of @ Avicii ".
For the Utah Jazz , even up 2-1 in their first-round series against Oklahoma City, that detail has been turnovers. I predicted Thunder in 5, on the Loud City Podcast , and they had to lose a game for that to come true.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker says he has always viewed coach Gregg Popovich and his wife , Erin, as like his mom and dad. Her death led to an outpouring of thoughts and prayers from across the National Basketball Association community.
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Sarfaraz Khan batted a couple of spots lower and continued to play in a way that questions RCB's retention decision. For a second Woakes was allowed to celebrate as the umpire raised his finger, but Pandya was quick to review.
During a Tuesday appearance on Chicago's ESPN 1000 , Rizzo had this to say about possibly playing fewer games in a season. There were heaters on in each dugout, and the announced crowd of 35,103 bundled up in inter coats, hats and blankets.
Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border fence, and deployed army sharpshooters along it. Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said one Gazan was killed and another seriously wounded in the strike.
On Today, 17 April 2018, The people of India have once again remembered the days of the Demonetisation or Note-ban on bondage. Who are the persons creating shortfall of cash? She also asked whether a "financial emergency" was going on in the country .
FA Cup semi-finals preview
This weekend's meeting with Tottenham will see the victor meet either Chelsea or Southampton in next month's final. I don't believe, it would be fantastic to finish the season with a trophy.
Cuba's New President Diaz-Canel Vows To 'Continue' Revolution
But the United States, with whom Raul Castro launched a rapprochement and renewed diplomatic ties in 2015, was less welcoming. Attention is now focused on what changes, if any, will come in Cuba under Diaz-Canel, who was born after the revolution.
Amid Bid To Block Telegram, Russian Regulator Warns Facebook
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NASA launches planet-finding satellite
Going into this week's launch, SpaceX's record stood at 23 successful recoveries, 11 on land and 12 on automated droneships. Once on its way, NASA hopes TESS will create a database consisting of thousands of new planet candidates.
Amazon chooses Best Buy to sell Alexa-enabled smart TVs
Best Buy and Amazon, of course, still compete on many fronts, like selling electronic accessories and video games. Unlike with an Echo device, you have to hit a button to reach Alexa, as it's not listening for a wake word.
All 5 accused in Makkah Masjid blast acquitted
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Wildfires continue to burn in Kansas, Oklahoma
Days after a fire ravaged the small town of Martha, cleanup continues, along with efforts to help victims recover. Today's map of the 34 Complex Fire from Oklahoma Forestry Services shows no change in acreage or containment.
Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'
She said teams of educators from around the state will continue to go to the capitol to lobby lawmakers for more education funds. The program's goal is to provide a fun and educational youth legislature while also modeling the Supreme Court.