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U.N. Syria poison probe to finish, Friday

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:33

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 29 - U.N. weapons inspectors will finish their evidence-gathering at the site of a suspected poison gas attack near Damascus on Friday, U.N. chief Ban says. Lily Grimes reports.

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WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES AND PEOPLE SAID TO BE SUFFERING AFTER A GAS ATTACK It's a short, sharp mission for the U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Syria. They set off for a third day of investigation from their Damascus hotel on Thursday. They're investigating last week's suspected poison gas attack, that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held territory outside the capital. But they'll only have four days on the ground to finish the job. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, in Vienna for an award, urged the international community to wait for the inspectors' report, as the U.S. began talk of air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: "I have spoken with President Obama yesterday. We discussed how the U.N. and the world can work together, particularly with the United States, how we can expedite the process of investigation." Ban has given the inspectors until Friday to gather evidence. These shocking images have spurred the U.S. and Britain into weighing up military action against Syria, convinced Assad was responsible for the chemical deaths. Russia, a key Assad ally, says that rebels may in fact have been behind these attacks. The head of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmed Jarba met the French President on Thursday at the Elysee Palace. The French leader offered fresh support for the wing of the varied and fractious Assad opposition that the West feels it can deal with.

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U.N. Syria poison probe to finish, Friday

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:33