Syrian snipers shoot at convoy

The United Nations chemical weapons team in Damascus have been shot at by Syrian snipers, a UN spokesperson said. The experts have reportedly returned to their hotel after inspecting the site of an alleged 'gas attack'.

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UN to 'register strong complaint' after sniper attack

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:

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.

– un secretary general ban ki-moon

Four mortar bombs hit Damascus Old 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 Syria visit 'streamed on the internet'

UN weapons teams are inside Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, meeting local people and gathering evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack.

The livestream video shows UN inspectors inside a hospital. Credit: USTREAM

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.

UN experts meeting Syria 'gas attack' victims

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.

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.

– Abu Karam
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