U.N. inspectors delay visit to suspected chemical weapons site

GENEVA Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:13am EDT

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by an apparent gas attack are being treated, in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Abo Alnour Alhaji

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by an apparent gas attack are being treated, in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, August 26, 2013.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations inspectors investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria have postponed their next site visit until Wednesday, a U.N. statement said on Tuesday.

"Following yesterday's attack on the U.N. convoy, a comprehensive assessment determined that the visit should be postponed by one day in order to improve preparedness and safety for the team. Considering the complexities of the site, confirmation of access has not been obtained but is expected later today." it said. The U.N. experts came under sniper fire on their way to a site visit on Monday.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who sent the team to Syria after allegations of poison gas attacks on civilians, urged all sides in the conflict to give the team safe passage and access, the statement said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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