UN chemical weapons experts have started their third day of investigations into suspected chemical weapons use in Syria. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the team would continue their tests until Friday and plan to leave Saturday morning.
Quoting a source in the armed forces, Interfax news agency has reported that Syria’s ally Russia is sending two warships to the eastern Mediterranean. It is not clear whether this was a pre-planned rotation of ships or a move to strengthen its military presence in the area. The decision comes as Western leaders hold discussions about a potential military intervention in Syria.
The Syrian government is continuing to deny that it has used chemical weapons on its people.
The country’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Al-Maqdad, presented United Nations inspectors with evidence that “armed terrorist groups” had used sarin gas in all the sites of the alleged attacks.
Speaking after the meeting in Damascus he said “that the most dangerous thing that the United States, Britain and France encourage and adopt are the words of the terrorists.” He added that “the most dangerous thing will be that those terrorists will use chemical weapons soon against European people.”
The Syrian government has claimed that the United States and its allies are conspiring against Bashar al-Assad in order to push the military balance in favour of the rebels.
Despite the probable military intervention, Syrians are continuing with their daily lives.
One Damascus resident says he doesn’t “expect a hit against Syria” and wishes they would “hit” them because whatever the outcome they’re already living in a war situation. He added that he would like them to attack Syria so they can “show them” what they “are capable of.”
Just a few kilometres from the bustling streets of central Damascus thousands have been the victims of alleged chemical attacks, artillery fire and aerial bombardment, entire districts have been torn from the government’s control.
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