Syrian activists: Poisonous gas attack near Damascus kills hundreds

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a poison gas attack by forces loyal to Bashar Assad on rebel-held areas of eastern Damascus, according to Syrian opposition activists. This report could not be immediately verified. It coincides with the visit to Damascus of a UN team of chemical weapons experts. Syrian state TV responded by saying that there is “no truth whatever” in claims of chemical gas use near Damascus.


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