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Global chemical weapons watchdog ‘on its way to Syria’

OPCW says it will investigate suspected chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta's Douma amid threat of US military action.

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Activists say the victims of April 7 Douma incident were mostly women and children [File: Reuters]

A global chemical weapons watchdog says it has deployed fact-finding teams to investigate a suspected chemical attack that hit Douma, a town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and the last rebel stronghold.

The announcement came on Thursday, just days after the suspected attack which, according to activists and medics on the ground, claimed the lives of more than 85 civilians and injured at least 1,200 people.

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