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Global watchdog to meet Monday on suspect Douma gas attack

AFP  |  The Hague 

The global watchdog will meet Monday to discuss an on the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, officials and sources said.

The of the council of the (OPCW) has "requested a meeting... be convened to discuss alleged use of in the Syrian Arab Republic," a statement said on its website late yesterday.

Diplomatic sources confirmed to AFP that the discussions would focus on -- the target of Saturday's alleged attack -- in which rescue workers said more than 40 people were killed.

voiced his "grave concern" at the allegations earlier this week, and the body later confirmed that it was deploying a fact-finding mission to the town.

The also tweeted about Monday's meeting.

"It is high time to drop militaristic speeches we hear from some capitals and to return to diplomatic settlement of the situation," it added in a tweet.

has vowed to ensure the team's "security and safety" and the also tweeted a picture of an armoured vehicle which they said was "Russian military police" entering today.

"They will secure order and aid distribution, ready to ensure work of OPCW mission," the tweet added.

Based in The Hague, the OPCW was set up in 1993 to help rid the world of chemical weapons. It has 192 member states, covering some 98 per cent of the world's population.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 17:10 IST