UN chemical weapons experts to fly to Syria soon

A United Nations team is poised to fly to Syria to investigate allegations that chemical weapons have been used during the bloody civil war, the secretary-general’s office said Wednesday.

The Syrian government has accepted “modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the mission,” a spokesman said in a statement.

Syria has been embroiled in a war for more than two years, during which more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced or become refugees in other countries, according to the United Nations.
Amid the fighting, there have been numerous allegations that chemical weapons have been used.

In June, the White House said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had crossed a “red line” by using chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin gas, against rebel forces. This prompted the U.S. government to begin providing military support to opposition fighters, despite its earlier reluctance to do so.

Syria’s government, meanwhile, has claimed rebel fighters have used chemical weapons as well.

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