A group of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives in Beirut on Friday

BAGHDAD The main group of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in Beirut on Friday, Interfax News Agency quoted a Russian military diplomatic source as saying.

The source added that “the first group of experts of the Organization arrived on Thursday to Beirut and the two groups will enter Syrian territory heading to the capital Damascus, accompanied by staff of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to settle the Syrian crisis.

“Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) intend to collect information on the alleged chemical attack on 7 April, including soil sampling and other samples for research at the OPCW laboratories,” the source said, adding that the experts will start work on Saturday (April 14th).

The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed on Wednesday the decision of the Director of the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmed Ozumjo, to send experts to the Syrian city of Douma to investigate allegations of chemical attack on the town, and announced that the investigation should not be delayed.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency