OPCW experts to begin arriving in Syria: UN envoy

Two groups of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in Syria on Thursday (April 12th) and Friday to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Eastern Ghouta, Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari said.

OPCW decided to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the opposition-held town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta following reports that more than 40 died from exposure to toxic gas at the weekend, AFP reported.

"These two groups will arrive separately to Syria on Thursday as well as tomorrow, on Friday," Jaafari told reporters.

"We will facilitate the arrival of the team to anywhere they want, in Douma, to check whether or not there was use of chemical substances," he said.

Jaafari spoke ahead of a closed-door Security Council meeting called by Bolivia, a strong supporter of Russia, to discuss the threat of military action against Syria.

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