Wednesday 28 January 2015

UN chemical weapons inspectors 'kidnapped' in Syria

Published 27/05/2014 | 11:31

Syrian president Bashar Assad
Syrian president Bashar Assad: government have blamed 'terrorists' for the capture

Six members of a UN team who are investigation alleged  gas attacks in Syria are reported to have been  abducted along with  their local drivers.

According to reports by local media, the team were captured  while trying to reach  a village  in the Hama province. A bomb is said to have exploded near one of the vehicles in their convoy. 

The capture was confirmed by government officials, who blamed the kidnapping on opposition fighters.

"(Syria) confirms that terrorist groups are attempting to undermine the work of the fact-finding mission and are committing terrorist crimes against employees of the United Nations and OPCW," the foreign ministry said. The  inspectors are from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,




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