As it happened: Syria crisis

Key points

  • The UN Security Council's five permanent members discussed a UK-proposed resolution authorising "necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria
  • US Vice-President Joe Biden said there was no doubt the Syrian government has used chemical weapons
  • UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Syria conflict had reached its "most serious moment" but inspectors should be given four days to complete their work
  • Russia warned that Western-backed military strikes would destabilise the Middle East
  • Nato and the UK National Security Council both condemned chemical attacks
  • All times in GMT

Live text


  • Sean Clare 
  • Joe Boyle 
  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Jastinder Khera 

Last updated 29 August 2013


Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of the crisis in Syria. Western diplomats are trying to build a coalition to support action against the government of Bashar al-Assad, but Russia and China are unlikely to support any action. Meanwhile, weapons inspectors are visiting another site of alleged chemical attacks. Follow us for updates as they happen, expert analysis and colour from BBC correspondents, and comment from you, our readers, of course.


The joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is speaking at a news conference in Geneva.


Mr Brahimi says international law is clear, that a UN Security Council resolution is required for military action.


In recent days, Western diplomats and their allies had seemed to hint that they would take action with or without UN backing. Our legal correspondent Clive Coleman wrote a brief explainer of the issues in international law.

TWEET 1021

Some tweets from Prime Minister David Cameron about the UK's approach. This is the first of three: "We've always said we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria. Today they have an opportunity to do that."

TWEET 1028

Another tweet from Mr Cameron (2/3): "Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the chemical weapons attack by Assad and authorising necessary measures to protect civilians."

TWEET 1028

And tweet number three sent from the prime minister's personal account about an hour ago: "The resolution will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council later today in New York."


UN weapons inspectors' vehicle

A convoy of UN weapons inspectors left the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus earlier. On Monday the team abandoned their inspection when they came under fire from unidentified snipers.