Syria denies claims of chemical attack


Syrian authorities denied charges that the army used chemical weapons in attacks on areas near the capital on Wednesday that an NGO said had left at least 100 dead.

“Reports on the use of chemical weapons in (the Damascus suburbs of) Ghouta are totally false,” the state-run SANA news agency said.

It dismissed as “unfounded” the reports from opposition activists carried by Al-Jazeera, Sky and other satellite news channels “which are implicated in the shedding of Syrian blood and support terrorism.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an army operation launched early Wednesday against rebels in Ghouta had left at least 100 dead.

The Al-Watan newspaper, meanwhile, reported that the government had “pledged to cooperate and facilitate the work” of a team of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors who began a mission in the country Tuesday.