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U.N. inspectors delay visit to suspected chemical weapons site as tensions mount

Stephanie Nebehay

Published 27/08/2013 | 13:03

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United Nations inspectors investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria have postponed their next site visit until Wednesday, a U.N. statement said today.

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"Following yesterday's attack on the U.N. convoy, a comprehensive assessment determined that the visit should be postponed by one day in order to improve preparedness and safety for the team. Considering the complexities of the site, confirmation of access has not been obtained but is expected later today." it said. The U.N. experts came under sniper fire on their way to a site visit on Monday.

 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who sent the team to Syria after allegations of poison gas attacks on civilians, urged all sides in the conflict to give the team safe passage and access, the statement said.

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