UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon says the team of chemical weapons experts will be leaving Syria by Saturday morning.
On Thursday, UN inspectors headed towards one of the sites to be investigated over the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“They will continue investigation activities until tomorrow Friday and they will come out of Syria by Saturday morning and will report to me as soon as they come out, ” the UN chief stated.
On August 28, Ban said that the inspectors needed four days to conclude their investigation. On August 21, the foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria, along with the Syrian opposition, claimed that the government forces had used chemical weapons in an attack against militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar, killing hundreds of people. Syria has categorically rejected the allegations. Since August 27, speculations have become stronger about the possibility of a military attack on Syria. Media outlets reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on four US destroyers in the Mediterranean [Sea].” The plan was said to be awaiting US President Barack Obama’s go-ahead. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying, “Declared plans by some states to inflict a military strike on Syria are an undisguised challenge to the key provisions of the UN Charter and other norms of international law.”