U.N. Chief Calls For Better Security After Chemical Weapons Inspectors Are Fired On In Syria

Category: World / Aug 26, 2013 1:56PM EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the safety and security of his investigation team in Syria on Monday (August 26).

Earlier in the day, U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Syria survived a sniper attack that hit a vehicle in their convoy.

"The first day of investigation was carried out by Dr. Sellstrom and his team. What I am told at this time, that their vehicles was attacked by an unknown sniper. But despite such very dangerous circumstances, our team returned to Damascus and replaced their cars, and proceeded to this suburb of Damascus to carry on their investigation. They visited two hospitals, they interviewed witnesses and survivors and doctors and they also collected some samples. They are now returning to Damascus. I'll have to wait a little bit more to get the first view of Dr. Sellstrom, but in the meantime I have instructed Angela Kane to register a strong complaint to the Syrian government and authorities of opposition forces so that this will never happen and the safety and security of investigators, investigation teams will be secured from tomorrow," said Ban from his U.N. office in Seoul, South Korea.

Syrian state television blamed rebel "terrorists" for the shooting. The opposition blamed it on militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The experts' mandate is to find out whether chemical weapons were used in a recent attack, but not to assign blame.

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