Syrian gov't denies chemical weapons use
People inspect bodies of children and adults laying on the ground as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP/Shaam News Network)
The Syrian government has denied all charges that its army used chemical weapons in an attack on rebel-held areas near Damascus on Wednesday that killed at least 600 people.
"Reports on the use of chemical weapons in (the suburbs of) Ghouta are totally false," state news agency SANA said, according to AFP.
It dismissed as "unfounded" the reports from opposition activists carried by Al-Jazeera, Sky and other satellite news channels "which are implicated in the shedding of Syrian blood and support terrorism," AFP reported.
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