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The team of UN chemical weapons inspectors left their Damascus hotel early this morning, a witness told Reuters, and appeared to be leaving the country.
The witness saw the team's convoy of vehicles head onto a highway that leads to neighbouring Lebanon.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told permanent members of the Security Council that analysis of samples taken by inspectors in Syria could take two weeks, a diplomat said.
UN inspectors have finished examining sites in Syria where chemical weapons attacks are believed to have been carried out.
International Editor Bill Neely reports from Damascus that they could deliver their findings as early as tomorrow but they will not conclude who carried out the attacks.
Syrian refugees who fled their homes in Damascus shortly before the chemical weapons attack told ITV News that the world must act now to prevent further atrocities.
Sapha, who is just one of 140,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan, was forced to flee the war-torn country without three of her children.
She told our Correspondent Martin Geissler: "It's awful. My body is here but my heart is at home. I don't know where my children are. I don't know what's happened to them. It's tearing out my heart."
UN chemical weapons experts have finished collecting samples from the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, a UN spokesman said.
The spokesman added that experts are trying to expedite analysis of the samples but they must maintain scientific integrity and it is unclear how long this process will take.
Syrian forces have removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base in Damascus, opposition sources told Reuters.
The weapons are thought to have been moved from the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains, one of Syria's most heavily militarised districts, in a bid to protect them from a potential missile strike by the international community.
The United Nations says its chemical weapons inspectors will personally carry samples to European laboratories after they leave Damascus on Saturday morning.
Britain would be permitted to take military action against Syria on humanitarian grounds, according to legal advice the Government has published.
Downing Street has released the legal basis for intervention ahead of a Commons debate today which endorses a targeted strike even if Russia and China block an agreement at the United Nations.
It has also released evidence from the Joint Intelligence Committee, which found that a chemical weapons attack did occur in Damascus last week and that it is "highly likely" that Bashar Assad's regime was responsible.
Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:
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