Chemical weapons watchdog to send investigators to Syria

Syrian rebels and their families leave in a bus on April 9, 2018, from the Wafideen camp on the edge of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack over the weekend. (Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)

An international chemical weapons watchdog is preparing to send a team to Syria to investigate whether prohibited materials were used in an attack on a rebel enclave last weekend.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an intergovernmental agency that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, said in a statement Tuesday it had asked the Syrian government to make preparations for the team’s deployment on a fact-finding mission. It offered no timeline but said the team is preparing to leave for Syria shortly

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