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August 21st, 2013
10:33 AM ET

Claims of Chemical Weapons Massacre in Syria

Reports of a massacre in Syria has surfaced this morning.

Activists says forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons during a heavy bombardment of a rebel-held stronghold east of Damascus.

They say hundreds are dead and wounded. The Syrian government meanwhile denies the claims.

“It's very difficult to get accurate information out of Syria, but the images that are emerging are absolutely horrific,” reports CNN”s Arwa Damon.

Many images are of child victims lying on the floor, doctors in some cases trying to resuscitate them.

One doctor told CNN people are dying from asphyxiation.

“The doctors are really working under very primitive conditions,” Damon says, because they lack the drugs needs in the case of a chemical attack

Follow along at CNN.com for the latest in the story.

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