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This file image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through a respirator following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.(AP File Photo)

Child given ‘dates, cake’ to play part in staging of alleged chemical attack: Russia

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Moscow
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 08:30 PM IST
Western powers accuse Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime of using chemical weapons against civilians in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7
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A boy sits on a chair along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)
A boy sits on a chair along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)

Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

By Associated Press | Associated Press, Beirut
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 06:53 PM IST
Dumayr, in the Qalamoun mountains, is a minutes’ drive away from the eastern Ghouta region, a former rebel enclave that came under full government control last week after a driving offensive that culminated in a suspected chemical weapons attack.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, leads a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.(AP Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, leads a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.(AP Photo)

Russia clashes again with US and allies over Syria attacks

By Associated Press | Associated Press, United Nations
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 11:47 AM IST
Russia and close ally Syria deny responsibility for a suspected poison gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7.
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A rocket launcher is seen at the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.(REUTERS)
A rocket launcher is seen at the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.(REUTERS)

UN security team visits alleged gas attack site in Douma: Syrian Envoy

By HT Correspondent | Reuters, United Nations/Beirut
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 09:24 AM IST
Western countries say scores of civilians sheltering from bombs were gassed to death in Douma on April 7. Syria and its ally Russia deny that any chemical attack took place.
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Syrian police units wave and give the victory sign as they patrol in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus.(AP)
Syrian police units wave and give the victory sign as they patrol in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus.(AP)

Likely that proof of gas attack in Syria disappears before experts arrive: France

By HT Correspondent | Agence France-Presse, Paris
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 06:32 PM IST
French foreign ministry has accused Russia and Syria of denying access to experts dispatched to investigate the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7.
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Rubble fills a street in Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma, the BBC reported.(AP)
Rubble fills a street in Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma, the BBC reported.(AP)

Investigators allowed to visit Syria chemical attack site: Russia

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, Damascus
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 09:50 AM IST
Syria and its ally Russia deny any chemical attack took place - with Russia calling it a “staged thing”.
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United Nations vehicles carry the team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrive at hotel hours after the US, France and Britian launched an attack on Syrian facilities to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria,(AP)
United Nations vehicles carry the team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrive at hotel hours after the US, France and Britian launched an attack on Syrian facilities to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria,(AP)

Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria’s Douma

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Damascus
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2018 02:33 PM IST
A delegation of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is tasked with investigating an April 7 attack on Douma,
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Syrian police units wave their national flag as they enter the town of Douma, site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, on Saturday.(AP)
Syrian police units wave their national flag as they enter the town of Douma, site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, on Saturday.(AP)

Syrian army declares full control of Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Damascus
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 07:52 AM IST
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, at least 1,700 civilians have been killed in bombardment on the enclave in eight weeks
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Behind closed doors, US President Donald Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken last year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russia and Iran, officials said.(AFP)
Behind closed doors, US President Donald Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken last year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russia and Iran, officials said.(AFP)

Why Donald Trump changed his tune on Syria and ordered the US-led air strikes

By HT Correspondent | Reuters, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Aides said Trump’s attitude changed when he was shown images of Syrians killed by the chemical weapons last Saturday.
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A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria, after what a medical relief group claims was a suspected chemical attack April 7.(Reuters File Photo)
A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria, after what a medical relief group claims was a suspected chemical attack April 7.(Reuters File Photo)

500 patients showed symptoms of chemical attack in Syria’s Douma: WHO

By HT Correspondent | Reuters, Geneva
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 03:13 PM IST
WHO official said they demand immediate ‘unhindered access’ to eastern Ghouta, including Douma, in Syria to provide care to those affected and to assess the health impacts
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A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.(Reuters)
A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.(Reuters)

Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack, Damascus denies

By HT Correspondent | Reuters, Beirut
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 12:29 PM IST
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won back control of nearly all of eastern Ghouta in a Russian-backed military campaign that began in February, leaving just Douma in rebel hands.
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A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 30, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 30, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

Air strikes kill 30 civilians in Syria’s rebel Douma

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Beirut
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 10:00 AM IST
Eight children were among the dead in the town of Douma.
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