Armed terrorist groups opened fire on members of the U.N. team tasked with investigating the use of chemical weapons as they entered the Mouadamiya area of Damascus Countryside on Monday, a media sources told SANA.
The investigators had been escorted safely by Syrian authorities to the area controlled by these groups.
The source said the Syrian government holds armed terrorist groups responsible for the security and safety of the U.N. team, for preserving their lives and ensuring their safe return.
Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary General, Martin Nesirky, said that unknown snipers opened fire on the U.N. experts, forcing them to suspend their attempts to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in the area.
Nesirky said the first car of the team's convoy came under deliberate fire several times by unknown snipers, adding that no-one was injured.
The U.N. team, headed by Ake Sellstrom, is operating as per an agreement between the Syrian government and the U.N., reached during a recent visit to Damascus by Sellstrom and the U.N. Higher Representative for Disarmament, Angela Kane in June.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer