Pushing for UN investigation after Syrian attack
The United Nations disarmament chief has arrived in Damascus to press the Syrian government to allow U-N experts to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack this week near the capital of Damascus on Wednesday.
The U-S, Britain, France and Russia have all urged both Syrian President Bashar Assad regime and the rebels fighting to overthrow him to co-operate.
They say the government needs to allow U-N experts already in Syria to look into the latest purported use of chemical agents.
The government calls the claims "absolutely baseless.''
As many as 1,300 people are said to have been killed in the attack, including children.
Meantime, Doctors Without Borders says some 355 people who showed "neurotoxic symptoms'' died following the suspected chemical weapons attack .
The Paris-based humanitarian aid group said Saturday that three hospitals it supports in the Damascus region reported receiving roughly 3,600 patients who showed such symptoms over less than three hours on Wednesday morning.
A debate has ensued about who was behind the alleged gas attack on rebel-held Damascus suburbs.
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