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Syrian Rebels Claim 200 Dead In Chemical Attack, Government Denies

REUTERS, SKY NEWS(UK), SANA(Syria)

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DAMASCUS — Two Syrian opposition groups claim that government forces launched rockets with poison gas Wednesday morning in an attack they say killed more than 200 people in a rebel-held area near Damascus, Reuters reports.

Syrian officials denied the claims on state television, calling the allegations “completely baseless.” And state news agency Sana reports a source as saying the reports are false and were intended to distract UN chemical weapons inspectors, who arrived in the country Sunday.

Since the conflict began two years ago, both the rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have accused each other of using chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.

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