April 18, 2018 / 8:23 AM / in 10 months

Weapons inspectors delayed after gunfire in Syria's Douma: sources

A man and a boy ride a motorbike at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria, April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/Files

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Chemical weapons inspectors had to delay visiting the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma on Wednesday after a U.N. security team reported gunfire at the location a day earlier, sources briefed on the team’s deployment told Reuters.

Details of the shooting were unclear, but weapons inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have pushed back their visit which was supposed to happen on Wednesday, the sources said.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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