In an attempt to research and prove Syria’s supposed point of not using chemical weapons on its people, 20 UN chemical weapons inspectors embarked on a convoy consisting of six vehicles near Damascus. In the process, the lead vehicle was shot repeatedly by sniper fire from unknown forces. The UN will replace the damaged vehicle and will once again enter the area, as stated by the UN spokesperson Twitter account:
The first vehicle of the Chemical Weapons Investigation Team was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the buffer zone area.
As the car was no longer serviceable, the Team returned safely back to the Government check-point. The Team will return to the area after replacing the vehicle.
It has to be stressed again that all sides need to extend their cooperation so that the Team can safely carry out their important work.
The C.W.I.T has been in Syria since August 18th, after rebel forces and the Syrian government reached a temporary ceasefire to allow the investigation to take place. It’s worth taking note that this conflict that claimed over 100,000 lives and counting, with major world powers considering entering a concerted military strike against the Syrian government.
Via: United Nations