UN Seeks More Time for Syria Chemical Probe Before U.S. Strike

UN Seeks More Time for Syria Chemical Probe Before U.S. Strike
# 28 August 2013 18:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The U.N.'s special envoy to Syria announced today that evidence suggests a "chemical substance" was used to kill hundreds of people in Syria last week, but the U.N. pleaded for more time before the U.S. and allies launch a retaliatory strike against the Syrian regime, APA reports quoting “Good Morning America”.

The announcement comes as the U.S., France and Britain gear up for a military strike on the Syrian regime.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said, "With what has happened on the 21st of August last week, it does seem that some kind of substance was used that killed a lot of people: hundreds, definitely more than a hundred, some people say 300, some people say 600, maybe 1,000, maybe more than 1,000 people."

But Brahimi did not place the blame on the regime or the opposition. He also added, "International law says that any U.S.-led military action must be taken after" agreement in the U.N. Security Council.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked for another couple of days, saying "the team needs time to do its job" on the ground.

The U.N. chemical weapons inspection team in Syria came to the conclusion after spending just a day and a half at the sites of last Wednesday's attack in a suburb of the capital of Damascus.

Video uploaded today by local activists shows the U.N. convoy entering Mleha, in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, the U.N. team's first visit to the main attack site. The U.N. convoy came under fire on Monday and the team postponed their field visit Tuesday due to security concerns.

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