The convoy of UN inspectors is seen leaving the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus

Syria: UN weapons inspectors attacked as they try to reach site of alleged poison gas attack

Damascus blames 'terrorists' for attack on team trying to get to site of alleged chemical weapon attack after they say they were 'deliberately shot at multiple times'

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Aid group says it has treated 3,600 'chemical victims' in Syria

Doctors Without Borders, the Paris-based humanitarian organisation, has said that hospitals it supports in Syria have treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms" and that 355 have died.

Syria crisis: US bolsters navy presence as military options discussed after Damascus massacre

White House weighs military options, while Hague blames regime for atrocity

Sellstrom will look for facts

Profile: Professor Ake Sellstrom, UN team leader

Inspector will face difficult search for nerve agents

Image released by Syrian rebels allegedly showing victims of toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta

World leaders call for action as UN says alleged chemical attacks in Syria are a 'serious escalation'

Leaders are now beginning to react as Turkish Foreign Minister warns "all red lines" have been crossed in Syria

Syrian opposition activists claim President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched a chemical weapons attack in Damascus

Syria's darkest day? Opposition blames Assad forces as up to 1,300 killed in ‘poison gas attacks'

Many of the Damascus victims were very young children, even babies

A man inspects a site hit by what activists said were missiles fired by Syrian Air Force fighter jets loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Raqqa province, eastern Syria on 21 August 2013

The evidence of chemical attack seems compelling – but remember - there’s a propaganda war on

The evidence so far for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army is second-hand and comes from a biased source

William Hague: Syria must allow UN inspectors to investigate 'chemical weapons attack'

Reports of hundreds dead in nerve gas attack in Damascus

UN set to begin chemical weapons investigation in Syria

Weapons inspectors could finally be about to begin investigating claims that the regime in Syria has used chemical munitions during the country’s bloody civil war after a deal was struck to allow them into the country.

UK to send £650,000's worth of equipment to help Syrian rebels with defences

Britain is to supply rebels in Syria with defences against chemical attacks, including protective hoods, after repeated claims that regime forces have been using  sarin gas.

Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper taking shelter inside but who managed to escape in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo

UK to spend £650,000 providing Syrian rebel fighters with hoods that protect against chemical weapons

Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.

Jihadists from many countries – these are from Iraq – are travelling to Syria

British spy chiefs warn: Al-Qa'ida could gain access to Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons

Extremist elements in Syria were assessed by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee to represent 'the most worrying terrorist threat'

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations papered over their differences on Syria to agree a joint position at the G8 summit

G8: World leaders appeal to allies of Assad to force the Syrian President to surrender power

Loyalists could have a future in a new Syria if they topple their President

William Hague argued that the move would boost the democratic accountability of the national parliaments in the EU’s 27 member states

G8 summit: William Hague says Britain must protect Syrian rebels from being 'exterminated' by Bashar al-Assad

London Mayor rejects intervention over fear of putting 'weapons into the hands of maniacs'

Tony Blair has said the Government should consider imposing a no-fly zone over Syria

Syrian civil war: Tony Blair calls for intervention after use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah involvement

Former PM: 'We should be taking a more interventionist line. That’s where I come from in politics'

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