Turkey deploys chemical defense team at border

Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says the country has stationed a team of eight experts to screen injured Syrians at the border to ensure they are not victims of any chemical attack.

The Anadolu Agency says Thursday that a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense vehicle, manned by the team, has been deployed at the main Cilvegozu border gate with Syria. The move follows allegations of possible chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war between President Bashar Assad's regime and rebels who want to overthrow him.

The agency says the team examines injured Syrians for signs of chemical agents before sending them to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Officials in Syria's capital, Damascus, deny claims the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. The rebels also deny any allegations of chemical weapon use.

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