UN Chemical Weapons Inspector Vehicle Hit By Sniper Fire In Syria

UN chemical inspectors in Syria returned safely to a government check-point after the team’s first vehicle was shot at multiple times by sniper fire Monday, shortly after leaving Damascus to travel to the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks, the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general confirmed in a statement posted to the UN website.

Per the statement: 

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General has the following update on the UN Chemical Weapons Investigation Team in Damascus:

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. 

This post has been updated.

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