In a statement released on Monday, the Syrian opposition coalition urged U.N. investigators to inspect the town of Adra for evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government forces used chemical weapons against civilians.
Opposition leaders reiterated their pledge from Friday to cooperate fully with U.N. inspectors as they search for evidence that chemical weapons have been used in the conflict, and said that "continued international inaction leaves the lives of thousands of Syrians in danger."
However, the international investigators have only been granted permission by the Syrian government to investigate three locations, and the preliminary list did not include Adra, a village just northeast of Damascus.
On Monday, the Syrian government released a statement denying allegations that chemical weapons had been used in that location, as well as in the town of Douma, Kuwait News Agency reported. Omran Al-Zubei, Syria's information minister, called reports of chemical weapon use by the Syrian government "lies and groundless."
However, a Syrian doctor who responded to purported chemical attacks in Adra and Douma said that the symptoms of patients he treated were indicative of a chemical gas strike, ITV News reported.
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