UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said he is confident that weapons inspectors can get evidence about an alleged chemical attack in Damascus despite the passage of time, a spokesman said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he has received an update from the official leading a team of inspectors looking into allegations of a chemical attack in Damascus.
He said they had visited two hospitals where they interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors, as well as collecting some samples.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that the UN will "register a strong complaint" after members of a weapons inspection team came under sniper fire in the Syrian capital Damascus. A statement said:
– un secretary general ban ki-moon
I have instructed [Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament] Angela Kane to register a strong complaint to the Syrian Government and authorities of opposition forces so that this will never happen and the safety and security of the investigation teams will be secured from tomorrow.
A Syrian opposition figures has told Reuters that peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime are off the table for now following allegations of a gas attack in Damascus.
A convoy of cars carrying UN inspectors returned to the hotel where they are staying Damascus a short time ago.
None stopped to give any comment about what they found on a fact-finding mission to the site of an alleged chemical attack in the east of the city.
Four mortar shells hit the historic Old City of Syria's capital Damascus today, wounding several people and damaging an Armenian church, state news channel El Ikhbariya reported.
Damascus's Old City, a world heritage site, has escaped the worst of the fighting, but has been damaged by a number of clashes and stray shells.
UN inspectors have returned to their Damascus hotel after visiting the site of an alleged poison gas strike, Reuters have reported citing witnesses.
The six-car convoy went to the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya where the inspectors visited wounded people and took samples.
UN weapons teams are inside Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, meeting local people and gathering evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack.
Pictures of the what appears to be the inspection are being streamed live on the internet by a filmmaker called Moahmaih Alsham.
You can watch clips from the visit, as it happens here.
The United Nations chemical weapons inspectors are meeting with the wounded from the alleged 'gas attack' in Damascus and are taking samples, a doctor in the area told Reuters.
– Abu Karam
I am with the team now, we are in the Rawda Mosque and they are meeting with the wounded. Our medics and the inspectors are talking to the patients and taking samples from the victims now.
UN chemical weapons inspectors have entered a Damascus suburb that was allegedly one of the sites where a 'gas attack' took place, activists told Reuters.