An activist in a gas mask on Aug. 22, 2013, in the Zamalka area, where activists say chemical weapons were used

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An activist in a gas mask on Aug. 22, 2013, in the Zamalka area, where activists say chemical weapons were used

Source : Al Jazerra, Friday, August 23, 2013
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Russia -- one of the most tenacious allies of the Syrian regime -- has called on the the government of President Bashar al-Assad to allow a mission of United Nations inspectors to investigate an alleged chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, and guarantee safe passage for U.N. workers entering the country, according to Reuters. Russia has also called on forces opposed to Assad's government to guarantee the safety of investigators. Russia's foreign ministry said Friday that opposition forces are preventing objective investigation into the alleged attack. Moscow's Friday appeal to Syria comes after months of warnings to foreign countries not to intervene in the two-year civil war that has left more than 100,000 people dead and displaced nearly 2 million Syrians, including 1 million children. Video footage, which has not been independently verified by Al Jazeera, shows what appears to be the remnants of a chemical weapons attack. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Syrian government to allow U.N. inspectors to investigate "without delay" the latest alleged chemical attack in the country's civil war. Ban said the use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity," and warned Assad's government of "serious consequences" if their use is proved.

 
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