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Using chemical weapons an international crime: Ban

Aug 20 2013, 3:44am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Aug 20 (IANS) The use of chemical weapons in a conflict by any side under any circumstances would constitute an international crime, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said, after UN experts began a probe into the alleged use of such weapons in Syria.

United Nations, Aug 20 — The use of chemical weapons in a conflict by any side under any circumstances would constitute an international crime, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said, after UN experts began a...

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Using chemical weapons an international crime: Ban

Aug 20 2013, 3:44am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Aug 20 (IANS) The use of chemical weapons in a conflict by any side under any circumstances would constitute an international crime, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said, after UN experts began a probe into the alleged use of such weapons in Syria.

United Nations, Aug 20 — The use of chemical weapons in a conflict by any side under any circumstances would constitute an international crime, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said, after UN experts began a probe into the alleged use of such weapons in Syria.

The secretary general entrusted Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, with the task of setting up a fact-finding team in March to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, which has lasted for more than two years.

The UN decision was made at the request of the Syrian government.

At least 25 people were killed and 130 wounded March 19 when armed men fired a rocket believed to be loaded with chemical materials at Khan al-Asal in Aleppo province.

Any user of chemical weapons in Syria, if confirmed, "must be held accountable", Xinhua quoted Ban as saying Monday.

"Let me state again clearly that, if confirmed, the use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances must be held accountable and would constitute an international crime," the UN chief said.

"Anyone responsible must be held accountable," he said.

Ban said that as agreed with the Syrian government, the group would conduct its activities in the country for up to 14 days and that could be extended upon mutual consent.

He also urged full access for the expert team to the sites where the chemical weapon attacks allegedly occurred.

"As I have made clearly many times, in order to credibly establish the facts, the (UN) mission must have full access to the sites of the alleged incidents," Ban said.

"This includes access to the reported sites to undertake the necessary analyses and to collect samples."

"It also includes interviews and examination of witnesses, victims, attending medical personnel as well as the conduct of post-mortem examinations," he added.

The Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of using chemical weapons but both have denied it.

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UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Blames Israel and 'Occupation' for Ongoing Conflict

Jul 22 2014 12:17pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Ban Ki-moon Visits Germany
Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general of the virulently anti-Israel United Nations, came to Israel to push for a ceasefire with Hamas. Ban Ki-Moon told Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, "I appreciate Israel's security concerns. You need to protect your people from rockets and I strongly condemn the rocket fire. But your military response is causing many civilian casualties. I hope we will be able to see the end of this violence as soon as ...
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U.S. Urges Global Push For Israeli, Hamas Cease-Fire

Jul 21 2014 4:57pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets being launched by ...
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Israel must 'die'

Jul 20 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: WND

PALESTINIAN-EZZEDINE AL-QASSAM-BRIGADES
“Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded.” That was a statement made by Khaled Meshaal, a leader of Hamas. The following was received by Israeli citizens in the Binyamin region via text message (after Israel had agreed to a potential ceasefire) and prior to the escalation of Israel’s action to protect its citizens from indiscriminate rocket attacks: “Your government claimed yesterday that it stopped the ...
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Gaza Attack: At Least 40 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Shelling On Sunday, Hospital Says

Jul 20 2014 4:09am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) - At least 40 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said. The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza were the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8 after cross-border rocket strikes ...
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Jul 20 2014 1:07am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City on Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee their homes and left dozens of homes destroyed. Palestinian health officials reported at least 50 dead in air and artillery st ...
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UN Head Calls ISIS Gains 'Deeply Worrisome,' Suggests Sanctions on Jihadist Group

Jul 17 2014 9:01pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Ban Ki-moon Visits Germany
The jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), rose to prominence in June as it swept through northern Iraq, conquering major cities like Mosul and Tikrit. One month later, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the group is "deeply worrisome" and countries should sanction it. According to Reuters, Ban responded to the growing crisis in a UN report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. In the report, he called the gr ...
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Jul 14 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

A U.N. convoy delivers much needed aid to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria CREDIT: AP Photo/UNRWA After months of mounting frustration, the United Nations on Monday stripped Syria’s government of the ability to block humanitarian aid, granting agencies the ability to cross into Syria without Damascus’ approval. In a unanimous vote, the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council passed resolution 2165, which opened up four routes f ...
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Is Israel and Hamas Ready for a Ceasefire?

Jul 14 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Ban Ki-moon Visits Germany
Operation Protective Edge, Israel's response to hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets falling onto its territory, is now 7 days old as of this writing. Nearly 900 rockets of various design have been launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli population centers -- including, for the first time, Tel Aviv and the port city of Haifa, where air-raid sirens have forced Israeli families to scurry for bomb shelters in the middle of t ...
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Israel Shoots Down Hamas Drone as Hamas Claims to Have Multiple UAVs

Jul 14 2014 9:41am CDT | Source: Big Government

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Tel Aviv, Israel -- Monday morning, Israel detected and destroyed a Hamas drone flying over the skies of Ashdod, a city within close distance to the Gaza border. Israel utilized a Patriot Surface-to-Air (SAM) missile battery to shoot down the drone. Hamas claims it has launched at least six Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into Israel Monday. The Muslim Brotherhood terror group said that it has created three different drones, tasked for surveillance, as well as attac ...
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