Gunmen shoot at weapons experts' vehicle in Damascus: U.N

BEIRUT Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:11am EDT

United Nations (U.N.) vehicles transport a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts to the scene of a poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital last week, in Damascus August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

United Nations (U.N.) vehicles transport a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts to the scene of a poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital last week, in Damascus August 26, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Unidentified snipers shot at and damaged a vehicle being used by U.N. chemical weapons investigators in Damascus on Monday as they sought to reach the site of a suspected poison gas attack, a U.N. spokesman said.

"The first vehicle of the Chemical Weapons Investigation Team was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the buffer zone area," the spokesman said, adding the car was no longer serviceable and a replacement vehicle was being obtained.

The spokesman added: "It has to be stressed again that all sides need to extend their cooperation so that the team can safely carry out their important work."

The team was trying to visit one of the sites of an Aug 21. attack in which, doctors and opposition activists say, suspected nerve agents killed hundreds of civilians in several outlying districts of the Syrian capital.

The U.N. investigation comes amid rising calls by Western powers for reprisals against President Bashar al-Assad's government, who they say was responsible for the attack.

Syria agreed on Sunday to allow the inspectors to visit the sites. But the United States and its allies say evidence has probably been destroyed by heavy government shelling of the area over the past five days.

(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Comments (9)
pachozd wrote:
I think the world can now see what is plainly going on. Clearly pointing to who is behind chemical weapon, and showing how the Syrian Government has nothing to do with that. The rebels don’t want this inspection to take place.

Aug 26, 2013 7:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pachozd wrote:
The western media will bring their tune and version of this event because all their thought is evil, now it is clear who carried out the chemical attack. The rebels don’t want to let the U.N. inspection team into their temporary-held territories because they are afraid they will make the world know the truth that they are the ones responsible for. This attack and western lies will be exposed. But the truth must be told whether they want it or not.

Aug 26, 2013 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Synthetik wrote:
We need to stay clear of this mess, we are being baited into fighting this war. To many issue at home right now to play big brother. Take Russia’s advise and dont repeat the mistakes of the past.

Aug 26, 2013 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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