Syria: U.N. chemical weapons team under fire

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Sniper fire hit a vehicle used by a
U.N. chemical weapons investigation
team in Syria multiple times Monday,
according to the United Nations.
The team “returned safely back to
the government checkpoint,” a U.N.
statement said. The team is
replacing the vehicle and will return
to the area, it said.
The U.N. team was on its way to
inspect the scene of an alleged
chemical weapons attack in a
Damascus suburb, after the Syrian
government on Sunday agreed to
grant the inspectors full access.
It said its army would cease all
hostilities as long as the U.N.
inspectors are on the ground.
An umbrella group for the Syrian
opposition, the Syrian National
Coalition, also said last week that
the opposition would ensure the
safety of any U.N. personnel in the
area.
The Syrian government accused
“terrorists” of firing on the
inspectors, Syrian state TV reported.
The United Nations has not said who
may have been behind the shooting,
which came after an explosion near
the site the team plans to visit.
Some witnesses said it was caused
by incoming ordnance, perhaps a
mortar shell.
The vehicle was “deliberately shot at
multiple times by unidentified
snipers in the buffer zone area,” the
U.N. statement said. “It has to be
stressed again that all sides need to
extend their cooperation so that the
Team can safely carry out their
important work.”

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