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Probe alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

Agencies/China Daily | Updated: 2013-08-24 09:07

Probe alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

A 15-year-old rebel fighter takes up position in a house in the Salah al-Din neighborhood in central Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday. The United Nations demanded Syria give its visiting chemical weapons experts immediate access to Damascus suburbs after chemical weapons were allegedly used. Photo By Muzaffar Salman / Reuters

Probe alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria
The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity", UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, adding there was "no time to lose" in probing alleged attacks which the opposition says killed hundreds.

Ban described reports of the incidents near Damascus on Wednesday as "very alarming and shocking" and urged the Syrian government to allow a United Nations inspection team, already on the ground in Syria, to begin an investigation without delay.

Footage distributed by activists showing people, including children, foaming around the mouth and doctors apparently administering oxygen to help them breathe, has triggered revulsion around the world.

Ban's comments, at a UN event in Seoul, put added pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after France denounced the "likely" use of chemical weapons.

"Any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anybody, under any circumstances, would violate international law," Ban said. "Such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator.

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