Turkey calls for UN action after alleged Syria chemical attack

August 23, 2013 16:50

ANKARA - Turkey urged the UN Security Council on Friday to take "concrete action" after a deadly attack in Syria in which it said chemical weapons had clearly been used.

Syria's opposition has accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people near Damascus by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held suburbs. Damascus has dismissed the allegation.

"There is nothing left to say now regarding the events that are taking place in Syria, it is now time for actual concrete action," Turkish President Abdullah Gul told reporters in Istanbul on Friday.

"The price of playing down the events and procrastinating through diplomatic manoeuvrings and trickery in the UN Security Council will be very high."

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