Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-R) arrives along with Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun (C-L) a meeting with a group of various religious clerics from across Syria. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
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Members of the U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports.The 15-member body was briefed behind closed doors by Sigrid Kaag, who coordinates a mission in Syria to oversee the removal of its chemical weapons stockpile by June 30 . Activists have also reported other chlorine gas attacks, most recently in Idlib province Monday, as well as "poison gas" used against rebel-held suburbs of the capita.Separately, China's Foreign Ministry said it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in the footage purporting to document the Kfar Zeita gas attack. Syria has vowed to hand over or destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal by the end of this week, but still has roughly 14 percent of the chemicals it declared to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari categorically denied that government forces were using chlorine gas.
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