(WARNING: SOME GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 21 - Amateur videos posted to a social media website claim to show the aftermath of an alleged chemical attack on Syria's Damascus, State TV denies the attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. DO NOT AIR WITHOUT SCREENING. Syrian activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching a nerve gas attack that killed at least 213 people on Wednesday (August 21). Reuters was not able to verify the accounts independently and they were denied by Syrian state television, which said they were disseminated deliberately to distract a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts which arrived three days ago. Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar before dawn. Amateur video posted on a social media website and said to be filmed on Wednesday were claimed to show the aftermath of the alleged attack. The footage, which could not be verified by Reuters, appeared to show a room filled with bodies, many of them children and a few women and elderly men. A U.N. team is in Syria investigating allegations that both rebels and army forces used poison gas in the past, one of the main disputes in international diplomacy over Syria.