U.N. chief warns of serious consequences if chemical weapons used in Syria
Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:41
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 23 - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says there will be serious consequences if chemical weapons were used in Syria. Sarah Toms reports.
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After disturbing video footage appeared in news cast around the world, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Syrian government to allow a team to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON SAYING:
"I am especially troubled by reports of, that chemical weapons might have been used against civilian populations. Any use of chemical weapons anywhere by anybody under any circumstances would violate international law."
Syrian opposition activists say this video is evidence of a chemical attack near the capital.
Dozens of bodies with no visible signs of injury. Victims -- many young children -- appearing to have convulsions.
Activists say more than one thousand people were killed after government forces launched rockets with toxic agents into the Damascus suburbs.
But the Syrian government describes the allegations as "illogical and fabricated".
Reuters has been unable to independently confirm the accounts.
After more than two years of civil war, 100,000 people are believed to have been killed in Syria.
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