Russian Federation rejects United Nations resolution for independent Douma investigation

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On Saturday, the U.S., along with Britain and France, launched more than 100 missiles at three suspected chemical weapons facilities in Homs, Syria.

Shouts of "Allah, Syria, and only Bashar", a reference to Syrian President Bashar Assad, rang out.

The US-led strikes were the biggest worldwide attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the start of Syria's seven-year war.

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation of trying to cover up evidence and obstruct the investigation.

If the team decides "the situation is sound", the fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will start work there Wednesday, Ja'afari said The team's entry into Douma came 10 days after the alleged attack, raising concerns that any evidence the inspectors find could be useless.

The U.S. -led intervention has threatened to escalate confrontation between the West and Assad's backer Russian Federation, although it has had no impact on the fighting on the ground, in which pro-government forces have pressed on with a campaign to crush the rebellion.

Damascus and Moscow have broadcast statements from hospital workers in Douma - which medical aid groups operating in rebel areas have dismissed as propaganda - saying that no chemical attack took place.

On Tuesday, the United Nations security team was escorted by Russian military police to two sites in Douma, a town near Damascus that was retaken last week following a Russian-backed Syrian offensive.

"The Syrian government did all that it can do to facilitate the work of this mission".

Earlier on Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the UN Department for Safety and Security. Russian news agencies quoted a lawmaker who said that the airstrikes would unify the country, the Associate Press reported.

Four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s joined the co-ordinated missile strikes at 2am on Saturday, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs.

Johnson said the missiles were launched to degrade and deter the Assad regime's ability to deploy chemical weapons.

Douma was the last town to hold out in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave, the last big rebel bastion near the capital Damascus.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that Staffan de Mistura embarked on the consultations following a meeting Monday with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia "and in view of current tensions".

Journalists in Damascus were prevented by government minders from contacting the OPCW inspectors, and The Hague-based organisation refused to comment on "operational details regarding the Douma deployment". Russian Federation and Syria have always been considered allies.

Russian Federation and Syria deny using poison gas, hindering the investigation or tampering with evidence.

According to some people said to be eyewitnesses, unknown people then entered the bombed building where victims were being treated and shouted "gas, gas".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in remarks to Congress a day before the strikes, acknowledged that one of his top priorities in crafting the operation would be to minimize the loss of life to civilians.

Meanwhile, the leader of Britain's opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, described Saturday's strike as a "legally questionable attack".

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