EU wants immediate probe of alleged Syria chemical attack

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 9:36 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union called for a "thorough and immediate" investigation of an alleged chemical attack in Syria after Syrian rebels said hundreds of people were killed on Wednesday in a gas attack and shelling by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

"We have seen with grave concern the reports of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Such accusations should be immediately and thoroughly investigated," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

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"The EU reiterates that any use of chemical weapons, by any side in Syria, would be totally unacceptable."

(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; Editing by John O'donnell)