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I think there is a growing belief, certainly among the regime, that a military that a strike now looks likely, they watch international television, they can see the mood in congress.
I spoke to one Syrian commander, who didn't give anything way, but he said things are being hidden and when it comes to it, we will be hiding too.
UN weapons inspectors have been investigating an alleged chemical attack in Damascus for a third day.
This video, which was uploaded to a social networking website, purports to show the inspectors in the suburb of Zamalka east of the city.
ITV News cannot independently verify this video at present.
UN inspectors need four days in Syria to conclude their investigation into last week's alleged chemical attack and analyse their findings, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.
"They are working very hard, under very, very dangerous circumstances," Ban said. "Let them conclude their work for four days, and then we will have to analyse scientifically with experts and then I think we will have to report to the Security Council for any actions."
UN weapons inspectors in Syria have met people wounded in last week's attack as they look for evidence that chemicals were used by the Assad regime.
A video posted online appears to show the moment a Syrian father is reunited with his young son who he had feared was killed in last week's alleged chemical attack in Damascus.
ITV News cannot independently verify this video:
The man is overcome with emotion as he is led through a corridor to where his son is waiting for him, where he falls to his knees and weeps as the boy is put in to his arms.
Later in the video the boy and his father sit on a couch and embrace and he tells the boy: ”Don’t cry my son, I am next to you now...thank God, thank God you are alive.”
A team of United Nations inspectors has reached rebel-held territory outside Damascus as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned against pre-empting the chemicals investigation.
Activists confirmed the inspectors had reached the town of Maleiha and were being escorted to towns where deadly gas strikes are alleged to have happened.
Ban's message came as leaders in the west plotted taking military action against the Assad regime over the alleged attacks.
"It is essential to establish the facts," he said from the Hague. "A UN investigation team is now on the ground to do just that. Just days after the attack, they have collected valuable samples and interviewed victims and witnesses. The team needs time to do its job."
UN experts have begun the second day of their inspection of the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, witnesses have told Reuters.