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213 killed in nerve gas attack by Assad's forces near Damascus: Syrian activists

Updated: August 21, 2013, 12:06 PM IST
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213 killed in nerve gas attack by Assad's forces near Damascus: Syrian activists
Syrian activists said at least 213 people, including women and children, were killed on Wednesday in a nerve gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel-held districts of the Ghouta region east of Damascus.

Syrian activists said at least 213 people, including women and children, were killed on Wednesday in a nerve gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel-held districts of the Ghouta region east of Damascus.

The death toll was collated from medical centres in the region, Bayan Baker, a nurse at Douma Emergency Collection facility said. Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar and that those killed were in the hundreds.

First Published: August 21, 2013, 12:06 PM IST
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