Nightly News   |  December 28, 2013

UN: Syria chemical weapons deadline ‘unlikely’ to be met

As more reports of savage attacks surface amid Syria’s civil war, UN weapons inspectors, in a statement to NBC NEWS, say the "transportation of the most critical chemical material before December 31 is unlikely." NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>>> killed since assault began, the latest in that country's long and brutal civil war . we get more across the border in lebanon.

>> reporter: daytime who are error in the city of aleppo. carnage, destruction, chaos. survivors struggling to carry the wounded to help after a syrian air assault on a vegetable market early this morning. nbc cannot independently verify this video, posted online by syrian human rights organizations that support the opposition. activists say this is part of a two-week reign of terror by the regime. cities showered with incriminal barrel bombs. the war in syria has triggered a humanitarian crisis to neighboring countries including here in lebanon. and if that wasn't enough, the international community now has one more concern. a key deadline for the destruction of syria 's chemical weapons has now been delayed. in a statement to nbc news, u.n. weapons inspectors say the transportation of the most critical chemical material before december 31st is unlikely. syria says it's fighting a war against radical terrorism. as political leaders prepare to meet in switzerland in january to try to find a solution to the war, the assad regime today defended its actions on the international stage, sending a representative to carry a message to pope francis. while the vatican has not said what that message was, the pope continues to pray for an end to the war. prayers that seem so far unanswered. those talks that are scheduled to take place at the end of january, they are already in jeopardy. it is nearly impossible, according to some analysts, to get all the syrian opposition rebels to agree on anything, let alone to come attend these talks.

>> before we let you go, what can you tell us about the growing unrest in egypt?

>> reporter: well, supporters of the muslim brotherhood there, students took to two campuses across the capital cairo. they really overran those universities in protest against the military-installed government. police moved in with armored vehicles firing rubber bullets and tear gas . as a result of those clashes two students have been killed as we understand it. but at the end of the day police were able to regain control of those universities. it is only adding more fuel to the fire because the muslim brotherhood says it will continue its demonstration until president mohamed morsi is reinstated.