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UK government 'shocked' over chemical weapon use in Syria

The British government is shocked by the growing evidence of the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria, London's UN ambassador says.

Mark Lyall Grant told reporters today the evidence Britain has suggests Syria has used different chemical agents and a combination of agents in some cases, at times including sarin.

"It is relatively small quantities but nonetheless repeated use, and any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent," he told a press conference in New York.

Britain has reported a number of incidents to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the investigation team he appointed, including three further incidents on May 23.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban finds the "catalogue of atrocities" in a new UN report - including "reasonable grounds" to believe chemical weapons were used - "sickening and staggering."

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