Stating that he was "shocked" by the reported use of chemical
weapons on the outskirts of Syria's capital city of Damascus, Ban
Wednesday reiterated that "any use of chemical weapons by any side
under any circumstances would violate international humanitarian
law", reported Xinhua citing a UN deputy spokesperson as telling
"The secretary-general is shocked to hear the reports of the alleged use today of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus," Eduardo del Buey, the deputy UN spokesperson, said at a daily news briefing here.
"The secretary-general is aware that a number of member states, the Arab League and the European Union have expressed grave concern about the most recent reports of the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria," the official added.