OPCW inspectors to be allowed in to Douma

French defence minister Florence Parly and foreign minister Jean Yves Le Drian give an official statement

"We consider such accusations against Russia to be groundless", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Moscow was in favor of "an impartial investigation".

The UK's representative to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, said in his address to the council on Monday that his government was in no doubt that the Syrian regime was behind the attack.

"Saying that it has been a success, we won't know until we see whether the regime continues to use chemical weapons", King said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said he convinced President Trump not to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, reversing Trump's pledge earlier this month that he would withdraw thousands of troops stationed there. Russian and Syrian officials have suggested that the chemical attack in Douma never occurred, or that it was staged by rebel forces or Western powers as an excuse for attacking Syria. Syria has refused to negotiate, and it's time for Russia, a Syrian ally, to make that happen because Russia can't cover up anymore, Haley said.

"Unfettered access is essential", the British delegation to the OPCW said in a statement.

Members of the Stop the War coalition protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday.

As CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports, rebel forces had held Douma almost since the start of the war in Syria, now more than seven years old, and the government's fight to take it back was fierce.

OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said Syrian and Russian officials had cited "pending security issues" in keeping its inspectors from reaching Douma.

The girl claims she and her family went to the "last floor" where she fell on the ground and could not return to her feet.

"The South African Government has noted with grave concern the airstrikes conducted by the United Kingdom, the United States and French military in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic", Dirco spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said.

"We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma".

The limited nature of the action was in keeping with Trump's minimalist approach to Syria, which he reiterated in a televised statement.

The World Health Organization said its partners around Douma, just northeast of Damascus, reported at least 500 people presenting themselves to medical facilities and displaying symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals after the latest attack.

The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. "And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point". They are expected to investigate the site thoroughly, hopefully determine the culprit (s) and prevent further chemical attacks.

The Associated Press reported late Monday (Thailand time) that its journalists visited Douma on a government-approved media trip, and spoke to residents who described a terrifying gas attack on April 7. For example, Japan's yen recovered from morning lows after polls showed sliding support for the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Everyone had the same reading of the facts, but not everyone responded in the same way", an EU diplomat said.

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