Member states of the global chemical watchdog voted to suspend rights and privileges of Syria’s Bashar al Assad regime, including the right to vote at the organisation.
This would be the first time OPCW imposes maximum punishment on one of its 193 member states if the Assad regime is indeed sanctioned over its use of toxic arms and its failure to declare arsenal.
An April report by a new investigations team at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found the Syrian regime air force used sarin gas and chlorine on the village of Lataminah in March 2017.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the first time explicitly blamed the Syrian regime for chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in 2017.
UN Department of Safety and Security says it is discussing security with the regime and Russia after an advance team came under fire. The team was in Douma, site of a suspected gas attack that triggered US-led strikes, ahead of an OPCW visit.
Failaq al-Rahman rebel group says attack caused suffocation to more than 30 people. Regime forces dismiss the attack as fabrication.
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