UN chemical arms experts speak to Syria survivors: Ban

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - UN experts spoke on Monday to victims of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria despite their convoy coming under sniper fire, UN leader Ban Ki Moon said.

The United Nations has made "a strong complaint" to both the Syrian government and opposition rebels over the sniper attack, Mr Ban said in a video statement from Seoul.

Despite the "very dangerous circumstances" faced by the team, he said the investigators "visited two hospitals, they interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors, they also collected some samples."

According to UN officials, the hospitals are in the Moadamiyet al-Sham district near Damascus.

A sniper attacked the UN convoy when it made an initial attempt to enter Ghouta, east of Damascus, where hundreds of people were killed in an alleged chemical weapons attack last Wednesday.

Opposition rebels and the government accuse each other of using the banned weapons.

They have also blamed each other for the sniper attack.

Mr Ban said he had instructed his disarmament envoy, Ms Angela Kane, who is in Damascus, "to register a strong complaint to the Syrian government and authorities of opposition forces" over the shooting and to ensure the security of the investigation team.