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UN official in Syria to press for chemical inquiry

  • Associated Press
  • August 24, 2013 - 4:30 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria — The United Nations disarmament chief has arrived in Damascus to press the Syrian government to allow U.N. experts to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack this week.

Angela Kane did not speak to reporters upon her arrival on Saturday in the Syrian capital.

Anti-government activists accuse President Bashar Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus and have reported death tolls ranging from 136 to 1,300.

The government calls the claims "absolutely baseless."

The U.S., Britain, France and Russia have all urged the Assad regime and the rebels fighting to overthrow him to cooperate with the United Nations and allow U.N. experts already in Syria to look into the latest purported use of chemical agents.

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