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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 1:21:17 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

Russia may send lawmakers to US

Moscow: President Putin Monday proposed to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the US to discuss the situation in Syria with members of the Congress. Two top Russian legislators suggested that to Putin,saying polls have shown little support for armed intervention. AP

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Paris: Syria’s president warned Monday that the Middle East is a “powder keg’’ and potential Western military strikes against his country risk triggering a regional war. Assad also said Syria has challenged the US and France to provide proof to support their allegations. AP

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