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    Syria Weapons Inspectors Attacked

    A U.N. vehicle returns to a hotel where experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are staying, in Damascus October 11, 2013. The global chemical weapons watchdog charged with overseeing destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile during a civil war won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organisation with a modest budget, dispatched its experts after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people in August. Their deployment, supported by the United Nations, helped avert a U.S. strike against President Bashar al-Assad. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) - RTX1478T

    Khaled Al Hariri/Reuters

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said a convoy of inspectors and United Nations workers were attacked in Syria. They were trying to reach the rebel-controlled village of Kafr Zaita, which has reportedly suffered six chlorine attacks in two months. The Syrian foreign ministry claimed the group of 11 people had been kidnapped by armed rebels who were committing “terrorist crimes” against UN staff. The convoy has been released and is safe. OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said “Their safety is our primary concern, and it is imperative that all parties to the conflict grant them safe and secure access.”

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