UN chemical weapons inspectors resume Syria inquiry

UN chemical weapons inspectors have resumed their investigations in Syria, as speculation mounts over a possible Western strike on military targets, the BBC reports.

The team’s operation was suspended on Tuesday due to security concerns. On Monday the team’s convoy was shot at by unidentified snipers.

They are set to head to one of the sites affected by a suspected attack on the outskirts of Damascus on 21 August in which hundreds of people are reported to have died.

American and other Western leaders have sharpened their rhetoric against Syria in recent days and say they are considering military intervention.

On Tuesday US Vice President Joe Biden said there was “no doubt” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable.

The US says it will release its own intelligence report into the incident at Ghouta, a suburb of the capital, in the coming days.

The Syrian government has strongly denied that it used chemical weapons and blames opposition fighters for the attack.

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