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Assad forces accused of killing hundreds in nerve gas attack

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Syrian activists have accused the forces of President Basher al-Assad of killing hundreds of people in a nerve gas attack.

The assault on rebel held areas on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, left over 200 people dead, according to medical sources.

Several videos have been posted on the internet showing dozens of lifeless bodies, many of whom are children, lying on the floor of a clinic. The footage, taken by known activists, was taken on Wednesday in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus. The bodies do not show any signs of injury. Due to the very graphic and disturbing nature of the images, euronews will not embed the videos but has provided links at the bottom of this article.

The reports, which could not be independently verified, come as a UN team is in Syria to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons during the two-year civil war.

The Syrian government denies the use of nerve gas.

Both sides involved in the conflict have accused each other of using chemical weapons in a war which has left 100,000 people dead and forced over two million more to leave their homes.

WARNING: IMAGES OF A VERY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING NATURE

- A clinic in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus.
- The Kafr Batna Coordination Committee identifies the first group of bodies shown on camera as a family.
- Video was uploaded from the account of Erbeen-based media activists Coordinating Erbeen.