Military action in Syria needs UNSC authorization: Brahimi
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UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has said any foreign military action in Syria needs to be approved by the UN Security Council (UNSC). Brahimi noted on Wednesday that any military action against the Syrian government without the approval of the UNSC would be in violation of the international law. "I think international law is clear on this. International law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the Security Council," he told reporters in Geneva as the West appears to take military action against Damascus over allegations that it has used chemical weapons against foreign-backed militants. Brahimi's remarks came against the backdrop of reported preparations by US and its allies to take action against Syria outside of the UN system. Brahimi also stated that evidence suggests that some kind of chemical "substance" was used in Syria last week, which killed hundreds of people. He, however, did not elaborate on whether his information was based on the findings of the UN inspection team or other sources. Hundreds of people were killed and scores of others injured in a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar on August 21. The foreign-backed opposition has blamed the Syrian government for the deadly attack. Opposition sources say 1,300 people were killed in the poison gas attack. The Damascus government, however, has vehemently denied the accusation, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation. In March, dozens of people were killed in a chemical attack in the northern province of Aleppo. A Russian-led inquiry said that militants were behind the deadly attack.