As allegations of the nerve gas attacks on Syrian rebel positions around Damascus emerged the opposition National Council of Syria held meetings in Istanbul.
The council called on the international community for a robust response.
Salem Al-Meslet from the council attended the meeting:
“What happened today is unacceptable. What is strange is the silence of the international community. They have to send the inspectors in Damascus to the right place, not just the places the regime wants to show them.”
British Foreign Minister William Hague took time out from EU discussions on Egypt to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“If verified this would be a shocking escalation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We are determined that the people responsible will one day be held to account. I hope it will be made clear that the UN team now in Damascus, will have unrestricted access to the area concerned.”
Russia reacted by calling for an investigation and suggested the rebels could have staged the attack to provoke a global response.
Moscow claimed its sources in Syria said a homemade rocket carrying toxic substances was launched from a rebel position.