Convoy attack in Syria against inspectors condemned

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Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo). Credit: OPCW

A team of international inspectors and United Nations staff is said to be "safe and well" following an attack on its convoy, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) announced on Tuesday.

The group was travelling to a site of an alleged chlorine gas attack when the incident happened.

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü insisted that the safety of the OPCW and UN staff members was his organisation's primary concern.

He called on all parties to the conflict to grant the inspectors "safe and secure access" and recalled that the inspectors were in Syria to establish the facts in relation to persistent allegations of chlorine gas attacks.

OPCW is an independent, autonomous international organisation responsible for activities to achieve the comprehensive prohibition of chemical weapons in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The Convention aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by State Parties.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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