Syrian deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Muqdad answers questions during an interview with AFP in Damascus, on May 9, 2013
Syrian deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Muqdad answers questions during an interview with AFP in Damascus, on May 9, 2013. Syria will "respond immediately" to any new Israeli attack against its territory, Muqdad told AFP after two reported Israeli strikes on military targets last week. © Joseph Eid - AFP
Syrian deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Muqdad answers questions during an interview with AFP in Damascus, on May 9, 2013
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Last updated: May 9, 2013

Syria to "respond immediately" to any new Israeli strike

Syria is ready to receive a UN team to investigate claims of the use of chemical weapons in the country's conflict, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told AFP on Thursday.

"We were ready and we are always ready, right now, to receive the delegation that was set up by (UN chief) Ban Ki-moon to investigate what happened in Khan al-Assal," Muqdad said.

Syria first asked for the inquiry shortly after accusing opposition rebels of using chemical weapons at Khan al-Assal near Aleppo on March 23 in an attack in which authorities say more than 30 people died.

Syria is under mounting international pressure over the possible use of banned arms. The United States said in April it believed the Syrian government has used chemical weapons but was awaiting definitive proof.

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