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Beirut - United Nations chemical weapons inspectors visiting Syria are negotiating with the government to gain access to areas near Damascus where the opposition claims hundreds of civilians are killed in alleged toxic gas attacks, sources say.
“The team has made a request to go to the areas of the Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, but the response from the Syrian government is that the situation in the area is too dangerous for the team to enter,” a Western diplomat based in Beirut says on the condition of anonymity.
Opposition activists say government troops are pursuing an offensive in the areas where the chemical bombings are alleged to have occurred a day earlier.
The Local Co-ordination Committee, an opposition group documenting violence in Syria, says at least eight surface-to-surface rockets fall on Joubar, north-west of Damascus.
Joubar is one of the areas where the alleged toxic gas attacks occurred. - Sapa-dpa