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She told MPs in the House of Commons that there was "clear evidence" the Bashar al-Assad government was behind a recent chemical weapons attack in Douma and it had been necessary to go ahead with the action without recalling Parliament for a vote on the issue to maintain the "vital security" of the military operation.

He says the U.S., France and Britain intervened in a "legitimate, multilateral framework" and stressed airstrikes specifically targeted three chemical weapon facilities "without any human life loss".

Russia's representative at the OPCW Alexander Shulgin accused the West of pre-judging the inspection and blaming Moscow for blocking access to the site.

"Do we sit back, do we defend (human) rights by saying, 'Rights are for us, principles are for us, and realities are for others?' No, no!" the French leader said.

The Associated Press, during a government-organized visit Monday to Douma, spoke to survivors and witnesses who described being hit by gas.

Deputy Russian foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov blamed the Western air strikes carried out early on Saturday for holding up a mission by the OPCW team to Douma.

Opposition activists, medical organisations and rescue workers say more than 40 people were killed when aircraft dropped barrel bombs filled with toxic chemicals on the town while it was still held by rebel forces.

The U.K.'s military intervention in Syria was clearly "in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria", Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.

Several said a unusual smell started spreading and people screamed: "It's chlorine!" Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack took place. According to Syrian state media, the country's air defenses had responded to a missile attack over the western city of Homs.

"In order to do that, Russian Federation has asked this council to focus its attention on the one part of Syria where the Assad regime isn't pummeling civilians to death with barrel bombs or banned chemical weapons", Currie said.

A nine-strong team from the OPCW has been waiting to enter Douma which was a rebel stronghold at the time of the suspected chemical attack. But others said it would be wiser and more effective to wait for a period longer than three days after the U.S., British and French infuriated Russian Federation with their missile strikes on Syria on Friday.

Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on Syria's T4 air base, also in Homs.

The accounts contradict what the Syrian government and Russian Federation have reported: that there was no gas attack in Douma.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed allegations that Russia was trying to hamper the OPCW inspectors, saying Moscow strongly supports their mission to Douma.

It included a visit to the main hospital to which the victims of the alleged chemical attack where taken.



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