UN experts enter alleged poison gas attack site in Syria
BEIRUT (REUTERS) -UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria met and took samples from victims of an apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Monday, after the UN team themselves survived a gun attack on their convoy.
A Syrian doctor told Reuters from the town of Mouadamiya that investigators from the United Nations had crossed the frontline from the centre of the capital, which remains under the control of President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
The doctor said the inspectors took samples from the victims and there was a plan for them to take samples from corpses too.
With Western powers considering military strikes, despite vocal opposition from Mr 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.