19 Mar '13, 4pm

Syrian government accuses rebels of launching chemical attack

At least 26 people have been killed and more than 80 wounded in what may have been the first chemical attack in Syria's two-year-old civil war. The Syrian government has accused rebel fighters of launching the attack against a village in Aleppo. The use of chemical weapons has yet to be confirmed, however, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons . Syrian Information Minister Omran al Zoubi claimed that the purported chemical attack was launched "from [the Da'el area in al-Neirab" in Aleppo against the village of Khan al Asal, which is currently under Syrian military control. The unidentified rebel forces fired "a rocket with chemical substances" at the village, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency . A rebel commander from the "Ansar Brigade" told Reuters that his forces were not behind the attack, and accused the Syrian military ...

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