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The Assad regime reached an agreement "effective immediately" to allow UN inspectors to investigate the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus. The information minister warned that US military intervention in Syria would "create ... a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East." Some 400 tons of arms sent by Gulf countries for the rebels are being distributed to several Islamist brigades across the north. In Aleppo, Al Nusrah Front forces reportedly stormed houses of Kurdish civilians, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is holding Kurdish officials hostage. The Al Nusrah Front vowed revenge on Alawite villages for the recent alleged chemical attack in Damascus. State media said the governor of Hama was assassinated by a car bomb.
Fighters from the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and Suqoor al-Shab took control of the Ariha area in Idlib, including a National Defense Fort. State TV claimed that a number of soldiers had suffocated after finding chemical weapon materials in "terrorist" tunnels in Jobar; some of the items allegedly found bore Qatari and Saudi labels. A medical aid group said Damascus hospitals recently treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms," and that 355 of them died. UN Under Secretary General Angela Kane arrived in Damascus for talks about setting up the UN chemical weapons inquiry.
An opposition activist group blamed the regime for bombardments that allegedly flattened three residential buildings in Aleppo and killed 61 people; the group said it was a war crime that should be referred to the International Criminal Court. A senior member of the Syrian National Coalition said the opposition had smuggled tissue samples out of Syria from alleged victims of the recent mass-casualty attack in Damascus; the SNC also said it would ensure the safety of UN investigators. The UN said the number of children who are refugees from Syria is now one million.