UN inspectors resume Syria chemical weapons probe

Two days after their convoy was shot at by unidentified snipers, UN arms inspectors resumed their probe into Syria chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Damascus: Two days after their convoy was shot at by unidentified snipers, UN arms inspectors resumed their probe into Syria chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.

UN experts’ inspection into the heinous chemical weapons attack on Wednesday, that reportedly claimed 355 lives, came to a halt yesterday due to security fears.

On Monday, UN team’s vehicle was targeted by sniper shooting and two mortar bombs struck a Damascus district that the UN inspectors were about to visit.

In spite of the hurdles, the UN team on Monday had visited gas attack sites near Damascus and collected samples from the victims.

Syrian government though blamed rebel forces for the attacks on the UN team.

Syria had agreed on Sunday to let the UN inspectors visit the sites but the acceptance came "too late" as told by a White House official.

The suspicion over Syria allowing UN team to probe chemical attacks grew stronger as reports said that Syrian forces continuously bombarded the attack sites with mortar shelling in a bid to wipe out the remains of evidences left.

The Wednesday attack in Syria’s Ghouta that killed 355 according to Doctors Without Borders has caused huge uproar in the international community with France, Britain and Israel urging use of force but Iran and Russia have warned against the strike, fearing escalation of the violence in Middle East.
US Navy destroyers and warships have positioned themselves near Syrian coasts, hinting at the preparedness of a military strike, but Obama has earlier cautioned against a hasty attack.

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