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1,300 killed in chemical attack in Syria

1,300 killed in chemical attack in Syria.

The Syrian opposition has just confirmed that state security forces have launched intense artillery and rocket barrages in the Syrian capital of Damascus – resulting in hundreds of people dead in a poisonous gas attack.

1,300 people were killed as shells rained down – the figure was confirmed by George Sabra, Deputy Head of Syrian National Coalition, the opposition to and replacement of the Bashar al-Assad government of Syria.

Initially, there were varying death tolls, which are common following attacks in Syria due to the government’s refusal to allow independent news reporting.

A local nurse told the press that many of the casualties are women and children, who arrived at medical centres with their pupil dilated, cold limbs and foam in their mouths – typical symptoms of nerve gas victims.

Videos uploaded to social networking websites showed hundreds of people dead, lying on pavements and inside buildings, their bodies showing no obvious signs of injury. In one video, at least a dozen young children’s bodies were lined up on the floor.

To date, there have been many claims of small-scale, localised chemical attacks in Syria, but the reports that emerged today suggest a possible wider dispersion of toxic agents.

This is heaviest attack since the start of the two-year conflict.

Notably, a Syrian official said that claims of the government using chemical weapons are absolutely untrue.

“The army will never use chemical gas on the Syrian people, if it does exist anyway” – Syria’s government has never officially acknowledged even possessing chemical weapons, although the regime is known to be in possession of significant stockpiles of various toxic agents.

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