Car bombs and mortars have exploded close to the hotel where chemical weapons inspectors are staying in the Syrian capital in recent days, but officials said Thursday there is no way of knowing if the team is being deliberately targeted.

Malik Ellahi, a senior official at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, told a small group of reporters at the organization’s headquarters the latest “mortar incident” happened late Wednesday close to the team’s Damascus hotel. That followed car bombs and mortars detonating close to the hotel on Oct. 12.

“In terms of the security situation there are always concerns but the team so far has, with the cooperation of the Syrian authorities, managed to conduct its work unimpeded,” Mr Ellahi said.

The OPCW won Nobel Peace Prize last week for its work in attempting to rid the world of chemical weapons.

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