At least 281 killed in chemical attack by govt: french intelligence

The figure was markedly lower than that provided by Washington.

Published: September 3, 2013 1:21 am

Paris: The August 21 chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb was carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and killed at least 281 people,according to French intelligence documents made public Monday. A source said the toll figured in a document given by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to lawmakers during a meeting on the Syrian crisis,adding that the attack was “massive”. The figure was markedly lower than that provided by Washington,which spoke of at least 1,400 deaths. Ayrault met lawmakers to provide what it said was clear evidence that the Damascus regime was behind the attack. PTI

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