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1,300 killed in chemical attack in Damascus

George Sabra, leader of National Commission for Syria has accused Syrian government forces of carrying out a chemical weapons attack on civilians, killing 1,300 people in the eastern Ghoutah area, on the outskirts of Damascus.


The Commission announced today that the regime's forces also attacked the areas of Maliha Jobar, Mudameyet el Sham and Darya in the capital with heavy weapons.

Khalid Mahmoud, a doctor in the region, said in a statement to Anadolu News Agency, that many people were affected by sarin gas. The victims showed symptoms of shortness of breath, vomiting, pupil dilation and loss of consciousness. He pleaded for urgent medical assistance, expressing fear of a much higher death toll.

Activists in the region reported that residents were surprised by the attack. The residential areas were bombed with rockets carrying chemical gas in the early hours of this morning, resulting in the deaths and wounding at least 3,600.

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