Syria rebels, government confirm poison gas attack

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Syrian man mourning over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by government forces, according to activists, in Douma town, Damascus, Syria. Photo: AP
Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.
The Syrian National Coalition and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that government air raids resulted in dozens of injuries and a gas release on Friday in the village of Kfar Zeita.
State-run Syrian television on Saturday blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front for using chlorine gas at Kfar Zeita, which it says killed two people.
Neither claim has been independently verified. 
The report comes after a chemical attack near the capital, Damascus, killed hundreds of people in August. The U.S. and its allies blamed the Syrian government for that attack, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad\’s government accused rebels of staging the incident. The attack led to Syria agreeing to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile for destruction after threats of U.S. military action.
More than 140,000 people have been killed and another 2.5 million have fled the country since Syria\’s civil war began in March 2011. 
The conflict started with mass street protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and turned into an insurgency after a violent crackdown on demonstrators.
Source: Agencies

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