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In the wake of a chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds, the U.N. sent chemical weapons inspectors to the area to take samples from victims and survey the surroundings.

But the U.N. has reported that a shooting from unidentified snipers crippled one of the vehicles in its convoy. However, no injuries have been reported.

“The first vehicle of the Chemical Weapons Investigation Team was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the buffer zone area,” a U.N. statement said.

“It has to be stressed again that all sides need to extend their cooperation so that the team can safely carry out their important work.”

According to Reuters:

With Western powers considering military strikes, despite vocal opposition from Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies, any evidence to support rebel claims that government forces fired gas-laden rockets five days ago that killed hundreds of civilians will be a key element in arguments for peace or war.

But the reports of the shootings means that whoever opened fire didn’t succeed, fortunately.

“I am with the team now,” the doctor who uses the name Abu Karam told Reuters by telephone from rebel-held Mouadamiya.

“We are in the Rawda mosque and they are meeting with the wounded. Our medics and the inspectors are talking to the patients and taking samples from the victims now.”

After the shooting was made public, the Syrian state television blamed rebel “terrorists” for the shooting. But the opposition blamed it on pro-Assad militiamen.

The blame game continues, but we’re glad the team got there safely and are getting to the bottom of this deliberate and tragic poison attack in the suburb of Damascus.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest from Syria.

SOURCE: Reuters

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