UN experts to start Syria chem arms probe near Damascus
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN said its experts would on Monday launch a probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus, where the opposition claims that up to 1,300 people were killed in an attack last week.
The UN announcement came shortly after Damascus gave the green light to the inspectors Sunday, saying it had struck a deal during a visit of the global body's high representative for disarmament, Angela Kane.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "has instructed the mission ... to focus its attention on ascertaining the facts of the 21 August incident as its highest priority," the United Nations said in a statement.
"The mission is preparing to conduct on-site fact-finding activities, starting tomorrow, Monday."