LONDON -- Britain said yesterday that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus could have already been destroyed ahead of a visit by UN inspectors.
Syria has agreed to let experts from the United Nations to today visit the site of the reported poisonous gas attack which killed hundreds of people last week.
"We have to be realistic now about what the UN team can achieve," Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters.
"The fact is that much of the evidence could have been destroyed by that artillery bombardment. Other evidence could have degraded over the last few days and other evidence could have been tampered with," he said, referring to opposition activists' reports that the army has shelled the area in the last few days.