UN Chemical Weapons Experts Mission Ends in Syria

onuDamascus, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The group of U.N. experts who came to investigate the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict completed their fieldwork today and left the country. The team collected various data from locations such as Jan al-Asal, in the northern province of Aleppo, and in Goutha, on the outskirts of the capital where the use of those weapons on August 21 brought the international debate over the use of toxic weapons in the Syrian conflict to its peak.

In this regard, President Bashar al-Assad confirmed to the Telesur television news channel that when the attack took place in Jan al-Asal, abundant evidence was collected proving that mercenary gangs and Islamic extremists had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Various hideouts were also discovered where armed groups had caches containing chemical substances as well as, in some cases, materials and tools for their production.

That evidence, he said, was submitted to the Russian government, specifically preceding the arrival of the U.N. Mission that ended its work today.

The U.N. group that departed from Syria today hopes to present a final report on the use of chemical weapons by the end of October, based on their fieldwork carried out over the last few days in seven different places.

Tomorrow a group of 20 inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are expected to arrive in Damascus to inspect the Syrian arsenal, prior to its destruction.

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