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France says force needed if Syrian chemical attack proved true

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:10

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 22 - Syria's opposition calls for U.N. inspectors to investigate if chemical weapons have been used. France says the international community must respond with force if the allegations turn out to be true. Lily Grimes reports.

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WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES Scores of dead bodies, among them children. Activists in Syria say they are victims of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government near the capital Damascus on Wednesday. The footage cannot be verified. Syrian authorities deny the army used chemical weapons. The opposition wants United Nations inspectors to investigate the attack immediately. But they are concerned the U.N. mission is being constrained by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said if the allegations turn out to be true, the international community has to respond with 'force'. He did not explain what form this would take. Wednesday's death toll from the attack - purportedly seen here - is estimated between 500 and 1,300 people and the U.N. Security Council in New York held an emergency meeting to discuss the attacks.

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France says force needed if Syrian chemical attack proved true

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:10