Syria chemical attack investigator moves on to new UN post

UNITED NATIONS (AP) " The head of the international body that investigates responsibility for reports of chemical weapons use in Syria is taking a new job as the U.N. grapples with responding to another alleged poison attack.

The U.N. announced Wednesday that Virginia Gamba is becoming its special representative for children and armed conflict.

It's not immediately clear who will succeed her in leading the joint investigative initiative by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to assess blame for chemical attacks. She's expected to stay on for a few weeks.

The UN-OPCW investigators have blamed at least three chemical weapons attacks on Syria and one on Islamic State extremists.

A suspected April 4 chemical attack in civil war-ravaged Syria killed nearly 90 people and is under OPCW investigation.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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