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 Hundreds Killed in Chemical Attack in Syria, Opposition Alleges

Hundreds of people, many of them children, have been killed on Wednesday in Syria after a suspected chemical attack launched by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, opposition forces have reported, but the government has denied the reports.

"Many of the casualties are women and children. They arrived with their pupils dilated, cold limbs and foam in their mouths. The doctors say these are typical symptoms of nerve gas victims," said Bayan Baker, a nurse at Douma Emergency Collection facility, according to Reuters. Medical centers in Damascus say that at least 213 people have been killed, though anti-government activists say that number is much higher.

Media images showed scores of bodies, many of young children, laid out on the floors of clinics with no visible signs of injuries, raising the suspicion that poison gas might have been used on the people.

Al-Assad's government denied the accusations, however, and said that the rebels are trying to create a distraction.

"They are an attempt to divert the United Nations commission on chemical weapons from carrying out its mission," the state-run SANA news agency said. The UN team arrived three days ago and is investigating previous reports that such weapons might have been used in the 2-year conflict, which has already taken over 100,000 lives and forced millions to flee the country.

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