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UN inspectors visit Syrian hospital

3 years 8 months 4 weeks ago August 26, 2013 Aug 26, 2013 Monday, August 26 2013 August 26, 2013 1:59 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria - Activists in Syria say U.N. inspectors have spent about three hours at a makeshift hospital in one of the areas near Damascus that were hit by what the opposition says was a chemical weapons attack by government forces last week.

The inspectors met with doctors and took samples from victims before heading to Damascus.

Earlier today, one of their vehicles was hit by sniper fire. The government says rebel forces were responsible, while the rebels blame a pro-government militia.

The government says its forces provided security for the team until it reached a position controlled by the rebels, where the government says the sniper attack occurred.

A member of the Syrian opposition group in exile says members of a pro-government militia fired at the U.N. team to prevent it from going in. He says five U.N. investigators eventually arrived at the hospital, where doctors and about 100 people still suffering symptoms from the alleged chemical attack were brought in to meet with the U.N. team.

Today's visit came amid increasing international support for a military response, if it's confirmed that Assad's troops used chemical weapons.

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