ISTANBUL, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A leading Syrian opposition
figure said on Wednesday 1,300 people had been killed in attacks
by President Bashar al-Assad's forces around Damascus in which
he said chemical weapons had been used.
"Today's crimes are...not the first time the regime has used
chemical weapons," George Sabra told a news conference in
Istanbul. "But they constitute a significant turning point in
the regime's operations...This time it was for annihilation
rather than terror."
Syria denied activist reports on Wednesday that the army had
used chemical weapons, describing the assertions as completely
untrue. Video footage from districts east of the capital showed
people choking, some of them foaming at the mouth, and many
bodies with no signs of injuries.
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