>> Chemical weapons inspectors will be permitted to visit the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria on Wednesday. The same attack that triggered those retaliatory strikes from the US, France, and Britain. The United States has accused Russia of blocking experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from visiting Douma which is under Syrian government control.
Moscow denied the charge and has blamed delays on Saturday's missile strikes. Reuters Anthony Deutsch is at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague.>> One of the most important ways is the collection of scientific evidence or samples such as soil or possibly by testing the weapons delivery system such as rockets or bombs that were allegedly dropped from helicopters and airplanes over Douma.
Now the trick to doing this in a situation like this would be going in very quickly because some of the chemicals that were used deteriorate very rapidly.>> The investigators landed in Syria last week and met with Syrian officials in this hotel. So far, they still havn't reached Douma, the site of the suspected attack.
Relief organizations say dozens of people were killed there. Syria and Russia deny unleashing poison gas during their offensive. Meanwhile, Washington says it's concerned that Russians may have visited the site already, possibly in an effort to tamper with the evidence. Another allegation Moscow also denied. Increasing regional jitters, local media reported Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at two airbases in the country.
The Pentagon has said there was no US military activity in that area at this time, while Israel refused to comment. The military commander that backs the Syrian government, has since said it was a false alarm.