DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Activists in Syria say U.N. inspectors have spent about three hours at a makeshift hospital in one of the areas near Damascus that were hit by what the opposition says was a chemical weapons attack by government forces last week.
The inspectors met with doctors and took samples from victims before heading to Damascus.
Earlier today, one of their vehicles was hit by sniper fire. The government says rebel forces were responsible, while the rebels blame a pro-government militia.
The government says its forces provided security for the team until it reached a position controlled by the rebels, where the government says the sniper attack occurred.
A member of the Syrian opposition group in exile says members of a pro-government militia fired at the U.N. team to prevent it from going in. He says five U.N. investigators eventually arrived at the hospital, where doctors and about 100 people still suffering symptoms from the alleged chemical attack were brought in to meet with the U.N. team.
Today's visit came amid increasing international support for a military response, if it's confirmed that Assad's troops used chemical weapons.
151-c-17-(Bassem Mroue (BAH'-sehm MROO'-eh), AP correspondent)-"vehicles was damaged"-AP correspondent Bassem Mroue reports a vehicle carrying a U.N. team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapon in Syria has been shot at by snipers. (26 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO HAS102: CAPTION ADDITION, ADDS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - A U.N. team, that is scheduled to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in a Damascus suburb, leaves their hotel in a convoy, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle traveling in a convoy carrying a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. The Syrian government accused the rebels of firing at the team, while a rebel representative said a pro-government militia was behind the attack. (AP Photo) (26 Aug 2013)
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