April 20, 2018 / 11:26 AM / a year ago

International vehicle seen near Syria suspected gas attack site

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A vehicle that appeared to have a licence plate of the kind used by international organisations was in the area close to the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma on Friday under Russian escort, a Reuters witness said.

The arrival of the vehicle comes three days after a U.N. security team turned back while doing reconnaissance in Douma for the visit of a team of international inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Journalists were not allowed to approach the convoy that included the vehicle by Syrian security forces. The identity of the car’s occupants or which organisation they belonged to was not clear.

(This version of the story corrects to show that car seen by witness had a licence plate used by international organisations, not U.N. markings)

Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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