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Thursday, August 22, 2013
The White House said Wednesday that it was "deeply concerned" by reports that the Syrian government fired rockets carrying chemical weapons on rebel forces near Damascus, killing hundreds of people. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was "working urgently" to gather further information about the attack and strongly condemned any and all chemical weapons use. He also said the U.S. formally requested that the United Nations investigate the site of the alleged weapons use by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. "The United States urges all Syrian parties including the government and opposition, to provide immediate access to any and all sites of importance to the investigation and to ensure security for the UN investigative team," Earnest said in a statement. The White House also said that those responsible for chemical weapons use "must be held accountable."