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OPCW completes ‘initial’ chemical probe in Syria’s Douma, sends samples for analysis

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has completed the “initial deployment” of its fact-finding mission at the site of the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

“Samples were brought to the OPCW Laboratory where they will be split and then dispatched to the OPCW designated laboratories. The analysis of the samples may take at least three to four weeks,” the organization said in a statement on Friday.

While the collected samples are being analyzed, the fact-finding mission “will continue its work

to collect more information and material,” the OPCW said. So far, there are no estimates on when the final report on the alleged incident will be completed.

“At this time, it is not possible to give a timeframe for when the Douma report will be issued to States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the OPCW said.

The fact-finding mission was deployed to Syria following the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma. Pro-militant sources, namely the controversial W

hite Helmets group, claimed that the government forces targeted the area with chlorine-filled munition, affecting dozens of civilians.

Russian military experts explored the area shortly after the alleged incident, finding no evidence of any chemical weaponry usage. The account of events purveyed by the pro-militant sources has also been challenged by multiple eyewitnesses, mainly local medical workers, who said the incident was likely staged.