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article imageUN chemical weapons team back in Syria to investigate war crimes

By Abdul Kuddus     Sep 25, 2013 in World
Damascus - UN inspectors are back in Syria, this time to investigate allegations of 14 chemical weapons attack on civilians during the 30-month civil war that killed an estimated 110,000 people, according to reports.
The UN team, led by chief expert Ake Sellstrom, has earlier confirmed the Aug. 21 chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus that killed more than 1,400 Syrians.
Reportedly, earlier in August, the Syrian government allowed the UN team to investigate three locations, especially Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, where Bashar al-Assad’s government blamed rebel forces for using chemical weapons. Two other sites are not yet confirmed, RT news reported.
Ironically, both Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebel forces accuse each other of using chemical weapons, and both sides deny carrying out chemical attacks on civilians.
However UN team in a 38-page report presented overwhelming and indisputable evidence of the use of nerve gas in Syria.
While the team confirmed massive use of sarin gas on Damascus suburbs which killed hundreds of people, it did not highlight the group responsible for the attack.
Based on UN report, the US and other European powers blamed Assad’s regime of carrying out the Aug. 21 attack but Russia accused US and its allies of hastily jumping to conclusions.
Russia opposes the idea of military intervention in Syria, and has vetoed three attempts to sanction Syria at the UN Security Council.
Later, following a US-Russia deal in Geneva, Syria agreed to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control and agree on a plan to destroy the chemical stockpile to avert an imminent US-led military strike.
At the same time, the US has turned to the United Nations asking for tough actions on Syria if it refuses to keep up its commitments on the chemical weapons elimination plan.
The UN Security Council is currently working on a resolution that will be conducted within the framework of US-Russia deal in Geneva, according to reports.
The thee-year conflict has turned at least two Syrians into refugees, with another 4.5 million displaced within Syria, according to Voice of America.
Most of the displaced have fled to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
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