UN inspectors in Syria are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in seven places, including three where the banned weapons are suspected to have been deployed after the August 21 attack that led to the US threat of military action, dpa reported.
The UN on Friday said it had been presented with allegations that the banned weapons were used in Khan al-Assal and Sheikh Maqsoud in northern Syria; Saraqeb in the north west; Ghouta, Jobar, Bahhariyeh and Ashrafiah Sahnaya near the Damascus.
The weapons were purportedly unleashed in three places - Jobar, Bahhariyeh and Ashrafiah Sahnaya - in the days that followed the August 21 nerve gas attack in Ghouta near Damascus that Washington said had killed more than 1,400 people.
The six-member UN team returned for a second visit to Syria Wednesday. The UN said it is expected to complete its investigation by Monday and present a "comprehensive report" by late October.
The investigation comes as the UN Security Council awaits word from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international watchdog that oversees scrapping nerve-gas weapons.
OPCW held an executive council meeting late Friday in The Hague on a Russian-US plan to verify and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. The talks adjourned and the delegations were waiting for instructions from their governments, said OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan.
The approval of the executive committee of the OPCW is a prerequisite for a vote on the disarmament plan in the UN Security Council.
A draft resolution presented Thursday in the Security Council would apply punitive measures to any parties in the Syrian civil war that use or fail to eliminate prohibited chemical weapons.
The draft has been agreed by the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - the five veto-wielding permanent council members - which handed it over to the 10 elected members.
British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the resolution might even be passed late Friday in New York provided the OPCW completed a technical decision to verify and destroy Syria's chemical weapons and Security Council members agreed.
In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution condemning chemical weapons attacks in Syria, without assigning blame.
The council sharply criticized Damascus for "gross, systematic and widespread violation of human rights," and the rebels for human rights abuses.
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