A relative weeps over a child killed in what Syrian rebels say was a toxic gas attack near Damascus on August 23, 2013
A relative weeps over the body of a child killed in what Syrian rebels say was a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces on the outskirts of Damascus, in a photo released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on August 23, 2013 © Ammar al-Arbini - SHAAM NEWS NETWORK/AFP/File
A relative weeps over a child killed in what Syrian rebels say was a toxic gas attack near Damascus on August 23, 2013
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Last updated: August 29, 2013

Chemical substance used in Syria, says UN envoy

The UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said Wednesday it was clear a chemical substance had been used in an August 21 attack in the war-torn country, killing hundreds of people.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva about the suspected chemical attack, Brahimi said "it does seem some kind of substance was used that killed a lot of people. Hundreds. Definitely more than 100, some people say 300, some people say 600, maybe 1,000, maybe more than 1,000 people."

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