Syria denies reports of chemical weapons use near Damascus: TV

BEIRUT Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:45am EDT

Free Syrian Army fighters sit a checkpoint in the old city of Aleppo August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army fighters sit a checkpoint in the old city of Aleppo August 20, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria denied reports on Wednesday that chemical weapons had been used in an attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus which activists said killed more than 200 people.

State television quoted a source as saying there was "no truth whatsoever" to the reports, which it said were aimed at distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission.

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