Update: UN Syria team says vehicle shot at by snipers

Aug 26, 2013 3:54 AM

UPDATE: DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A U.N. spokesman says a vehicle belonging to a team investigating the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons has been "deliberately shot at multiple times" by unidentified snipers in Damascus.

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says today's shooting occurred in the buffer zone area between rebel- and government-controlled territory.

He says the team will return to the area after replacing the vehicle.

The team plans to visit the site in the suburbs of Damascus where an alleged chemical weapon attack occurred last week, reportedly killing hundreds.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A U.N. team that is supposed to investigate an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital Damascus that reportedly killed hundreds last week has left their hotel.

An Associated Press photographer saw the members wearing body armor leaving in seven SUVs.

It was not clear if the team headed to the suburb where the alleged attack occurred.

The photographer said U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane saw them as they leave but did not go with them on Monday morning.

Syrian activists and opposition leaders have said that between 322 and 1,300 people were killed in the alleged chemical attack on Wednesday.

Syria said Sunday that a U.N. team could investigate the site but a senior White House official dismissed the deal as "too late to be credible."


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