UN chemical weapons team 'ready to enter Syria'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a team to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in Syria would be ready to deploy within 24 hours and urged the Syrian government to give the go-ahead so work could begin.

Ban said an advance team had been sent to Cyprus. "We are ready, it is a matter of time," he said. The full team will consist of 15 experts, including inspectors, medical experts and chemists.

"All we are waiting for is the go-ahead from the Syrian government to determine whether any chemicals weapons were used, in any location," Ban said.


'15 dead' in Damascus car bomb

State television in Syria has reported that 15 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in central Damascus with a further 47 injured.