1. ALLEGED WAR CRIMES

    Syrian Rebels: 1,100 Dead in Gas Attack

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Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. 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. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT

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    U.S. officials are seeing "strong indications" that Syrian government forces used nerve gas in Damascus on Wednesday, reportedly killing over a thousand people. Syrian opposition groups claimed that up to 1,100 people had been killed in the attack, and hundreds more were reportedly wounded. Though the attacks have not been verified, United Nations deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson called the attack a "serious escalation with grave humanitarian consequences." Rockets filled with poisonous gas were reportedly fired into the capital, and amateur video found online showed victims sprawled out on hospital floors, with others being treated with hand-pump respirators. The government of President Bashar al-Assad denied using chemical weapons, calling the claims “baseless” on state-run television. The attack comes just one day after chemical weapons experts were sent to Damascus by the United Nations to investigate the government’s alleged use of nerve gas.

    Nerve gas reportedly used in Damascus.

    Unconfirmed amateur video shows the aftermath of an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

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