Syrian Forces Fire Chemical Weapons at Rebels Near Damascus, Opposition Says

Opposition sources say Syrian military used chemical arms on outskirts of Damascus, killing two, wounding 23; no independent confirmation of attack, which follows death of 26 in a rocket attack near Aleppo last week.

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Syrian opposition campaigners said on Monday Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces fired what they said were chemical weapons from multiple rocket launchers at rebels surrounding an army base in the town of Adra on the outskirts of Damascus, killing two fighters and wounding 23.

"Doctors are describing the chemical weapon used as phosphorus that hits the nervous system and causes imbalance and loss of consciousness. The two fighters were very close to where the rockets exploded and they died swiftly. The rest are being treated with Atropine," said Mohammad al-Doumani, an activist in the nearby town of Douma, where the wounded were transported.

There was no independent confirmation of the attack, which follows the death of 26 people in a rocket attack near the city of Aleppo last week.

The authorities and rebels accused each other of firing a missile carrying chemicals there.

A man wounded in what the government said was a chemical weapons attack being treated at a hospital in Aleppo, March 19, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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