facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

U.N. to investigate use of chemical weapons in Syria

July 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM   |   Comments

UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced Wednesday its investigators will visit Syria "as soon as possible" to probe allegations of chemical weapons use.

The U.N. disarmament chief and the head of Syria's United Nations mission met with Syrian officials last week and reached an agreement to inspect three sites. Investigators have been blocked from independently verifying conflicting reports, by government forces and by rebels seeking an overthrow, of chemical weapons use, the Washington newspaper The Hill reported.

One site to be checked is Khan al-Asai, a suburb of Aleppo, where the United States says government forces used sarin gas against rebels in March. Russia has countered it was the rebels who used chemical weapons there, the newspaper said.

"The mission will travel to Syria as soon as possible to contemporaneously investigate three of the reported incidents," the U.N. statement said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended Stories
Most Popular
1
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
2
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
3
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
4
Who is the 'Woman in Black' roaming U.S. highways?
5
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback