Today’s alleged poison gas attack by the Syrian military comes as a team of U.N. scientific experts is in the country to examine allegations of three earlier possible uses of chemical weapons by the government or the rebels.
United Nations spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “shocked” to hear Wednesday’s reports from Syrian activists that government forces used chemical weapons overnight in the suburbs of Damascus, killing hundreds of people.
“The United Nations mission to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria is following the current situation in Syria carefully, and remains fully engaged in the investigation process that is mandated by the secretary-general,” he said. “Professor Sellström is in discussions with the Syrian government on all issues pertaining to the alleged use of chemical weapons, including this most recent reported incident.”
Swedish scientist Ake Sellström is leading a team of about 20 U.N. inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the World Health Organization. After months of delays by the Syrian government they began work in Damascus on Monday.
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