The international chemical weapons watchdog says it will send a fact finding mission to the Syrian town where an alleged chemical weapons attack occurred over the weekend.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says its technical Secretariat has requested the Syrian government to make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment.
It added in a statement Tuesday that its request coincided with another by the Syrian government and Russia to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in the town of Douma.
It said the team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly.
Syrian opposition activists and paramedics have said that at least 40 people were killed in a chemical weapons attack over the weekend and blamed the government. Syria's government denied saying the charges are fabrications