Damascus Syrians welcome U.N. chemical arms eradication vote
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 01:30
Sept. 28 - Syrians in Damascus say the U.N. Security Council resolution to remove chemical weapons from the country is a positive step forward. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Fighting between rebels and government forces rages on in Damascus suburbs.
New amateur video shows armed men in the trenches engaged in a firefight in Eastern Ghouta.
Other video appears to be the aftermath of a car bomb that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens more.
Reuters cannot independently verify the videos, which were posted on a social media website.
The fighting comes despite a major diplomatic breakthrough at the United Nations.
On Friday, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.
Syrians in Damascus are calling the resolution a positive move.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOHAMAD, A DAMASCUS CITIZEN, SAYING:
"As a citizen I welcome the resolution because it means that we will get rid of weapons. This means that I do not have to worry that these weapons may be used for other goals. I welcome the resolution just like everybody else."
The resolution does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.
One citizen says he doesn't believe the government used chemical weapons in the first place, calling the arms a deterrent.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NABIL SHOK, A DAMASCUS CITIZEN, SAYING:
"The country was very relieved following the resolution on eliminating chemical weapons in Syria. We have not used them and the Syrian government does not intend to use them. The weapons were there as a defense."
The news comes as U.N. inspectors visit more sites around Damascus to test for the use of chemical weapons.
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