DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government is accusing rebels of firing at a U.N. team that's investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. But the rebels say a pro-government militia was behind the attack.
A U.N. spokesman says the vehicle was "deliberately shot at multiple times" by unidentified snipers in Damascus.
Activists say the team later arrived in a western suburb of Damascus, one of the areas where last week's attack allegedly occurred. They said the team has been meeting with doctors and victims at a makeshift hospital.
Today's shooting incident came amid mounting support for an international military response, if it's confirmed that President Bashar Assad's troops used chemical weapons. The United States has said there is little doubt that Assad's regime was responsible for the attack. Activists say hundreds of people were killed.
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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