UN chemical weapons team arrives in Damascus

Published August 18th, 2013 - 12:06 GMT
A handout picture from the Syrian opposition shows a mosque damaged in shelling by Syrian government forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar in early August. (AFP/Shams News Network)
A handout picture from the Syrian opposition shows a mosque damaged in shelling by Syrian government forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar in early August. (AFP/Shams News Network)

The UN team charged with investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government have arrived in Damascus, according to Syrian officials. 

The 20 member team, made up of chemical weapons inspectors and assistants, were driven into Damascus in a convoy of seven cars, according to AP. 

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the Associated Press before the arrival of the team that Damascus and President Bashar Assad's government will "fully cooperate" with the UN experts.

Whilst in Syria, the UN team will be investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in three areas. Under specific scrutiny will be the Aleppo suburb of Khan Al Assal, where on March 19, claims of Assad's forces using chemical weapons against the rebel forces came to a head. Assad blames the attack on the rebels. 

The other two sites that the UN will be investigating have been kept a secret, according to AP. 


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