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

First published: August 21, 2013, 12:06 PM IST | Updated: August 21, 2013
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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.

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