UN investigators visit Syrian military hospital

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts have visited a government military hospital in Damascus in response to the Syrian government’s allegations of a chemical weapons attack against soldiers.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the inspectors interviewed patients Friday to assess the merits of Syria’s allegations and determine whether to launch an investigation.

Syrian officials say soldiers were hospitalized after chemical weapons attacks on Aug. 22, 24 and 25 in Damascus suburbs.

Any U.N. investigation into Syria’s claim is unlikely to happen soon. The inspectors are set to leave Syria on Saturday after completing an investigation into an alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

The Obama administration says 1,429 people died in that attack and accuses Syrian government forces of carrying it out.

Syria’s government denies it was behind the attack.

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