A team of the United Nations inspectors investigating a chemical attack in Syria could submit its initial account by the end of next week, a report says.
Germany’s weeklyFrankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said on Saturday that the interim report to US Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would likely include details on the ammunition, gas, and delivery system used in the attack. The newspaper said it received the information from two unnamed people close to the UN team of inspectors. The inspectors gathered about 100 samples from the site of the attack such as hair, tissue, blood and urine samples from humans and animals, ammunitions remains and pieces of rubble, the German paper also said. Last week, UN inspectors finished work on the site of a chemical attack in Syria. A Swedish military lab has reportedly been assigned the task of analyzing samples collected by the team. The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Damascus categorically rejected the accusation, but a number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, quickly started campaigning for war. Since then, media outlets have reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on … US destroyers in the Mediterranean.” Blatant calls for war by the US President Barack Obama administration have not faded despite reluctance by some of its closest allies to engage in any military intervention in Syria. Obama has said his administration will first seek authorization for the attack from a skeptical Congress.