A girl looks out of a hole on a damaged wall at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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The U.S. accused Russia Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory United States-led missile strikes on Syria over the weekend.In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West's response, Washington also prepared to increase pressure on Moscow, Syrian President Bashar Assad's main ally, with new economic sanctions. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron faced criticism from political opponents over their decisions to take part in the airstrikes.Inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons traveled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but have yet to gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew.Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russia and the Assad government of stopping inspectors from reaching Douma.
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