UN Unable to Examine Suspected Syrian Chemical Weapons Sites
(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations remains stymied in its efforts to check on three sites in Syria where chemical weapons were allegedly used.
At the end of July, the Syrian government gave its approval for U.N. inspectors to investigate the locations, one of which is in the country's largest city, Aleppo. After initially balking, Damascus is also allowing the inspectors to examine two unspecified sites.
However, the U.N. experts are still in a state of limbo because of concerns that Syria cannot fully guarantee the safety of the international team.
The 29-month-long conflict has cost more than 100,000 lives as the Syrian government battles a multitude of opposition groups -- many with radical Islamic ties -- basically turning the entire country into a war zone.
Nonetheless, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that as soon as the world body is confident they can send in the inspectors, it will do so.
Blame for the use of chemical weapons has been pinned on both the government and rebels, with neither admitting to using deadly toxins.
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