Experts from a fact-finding mission, aimed at establishing facts surrounding the alleged used of chemical weapons in Syria, are travelling to Syria and due to start work on Saturday, according to the chemical weapons watchdog.
"In response to media queries, the Spokesperson for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirms that the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team is on its way to Syria and will start its work as of Saturday 14 April 2018," the organisation's statement reads.
Earlier in the day, the diplomatic source told Sputnik that the first group of experts from the OPCW had arrived in Lebanon's capital Beirut.
According to the source, the arrival of the main part of specialists in the Lebanese capital is expected tomorrow. Afterwards, the expert group accompanied by representatives of the office of the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for the Syrian settlement will go to Damascus, the source noted.
"The OPCW experts intend to conduct a complex of procedures for collecting facts about the alleged chemical incident on April 7 in the city of Douma. It is also possible that they will take soil samples for research in certified OPCW laboratories," the source added.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the director general of the OPCW to send specialists to the Syrian city of Douma to probe claimes about a chemical attack that allegedly took place in Syria.
The unverified reports about a chemical incident in the Syrian city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta appeared on April 7 in several Syrian opposition online media outlets, which claimed that the government army had used chlorine in the area which resulted in the death of up to 70 people.
Representatives of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria inspected the place of the alleged attack and questioned local doctors, who said that they had not received individuals with symptoms of any chemical poisoning. Red Crescent found no trace of chemical weapons usage in Syria's Douma as well.