U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane ’70 Investigating Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapon Attack

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 1:55 pm.

KaneU.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane ’70, who was on campus in July as a speaker at the 2013 Women in Public Service Project Institute, is in Syria working with the team trying to determine what  chemical weapons might have been used in an Aug. 21 attack near Damascus.

The team came under fire Monday while driving to the scene of the attack, however Kane was not part of the convoy, reports the Associated Press.

From the Associated Press:

Monday’s shooting came as support for an international military response was mounting if it is confirmed that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s troops used chemical weapons.

Martin Nesirky, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the U.N. vehicle was ‘‘deliberately shot at multiple times’’ in the buffer zone area between rebel- and government-controlled territory, adding that the team was safe.

News of the sniper attack came only a few hours after an Associated Press photographer saw the team members wearing body armor leaving their hotel in Damascus in seven SUVs and heading to the site of the alleged attack.

The photographer said U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane saw them off as they left but did not go with them.

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