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Dozens of people have been killed in Syria in a nerve gas attack by government forces, activists said.

Last modified: 21 Aug 2013 09:28

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.

The reported use of the chemical agents could not be immediately verified. It coincides with a visit to Damascus by a United Nations team of chemical weapons experts.

[Reuters]