Syrian rebels accuse government of chemical weapons attack; UNSC calls for clarity
Videos uploaded onto social media sites show people choking and gagging and rows of bodies laid out after an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces.
Opposition fighters accuse the President Bashar al-Assad regime of attacking hundreds of people with chemicals near Damascus on Wednesday.
Rebels and medics say the death toll could be as high as 14-hundred -- and the numbers are likely to rise with hundreds more critically wounded all around the area.
The UN Security Council held a two-hour closed door emergency session on Wednesday where the council president said there were "strong concerns" over what really happened.
Earlier spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated the UN chief was shocked with the latest allegations.
"The Secretary-General reiterates that any use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances would violate international humanitarian law."
The Syrian government admitted to carrying out military operations in the area, but denies any use of chemical arms, saying the allegations were "illogical and fabricated."
"The general leadership of the army confirms these allegations are completely false and are a part of the dirty media war that is led by some countries through the media against Syria."
UN inspectors are currently in Damascus investigating previous allegations of chemical weapons use.
Following these latest claims, the White House is calling for unrestricted access to all sites in Syria to thoroughly investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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