Syrian activists claim new chemical weapons attack in Damascus

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Syrian opposition websites have posted pictures of what they claim is a fresh chemical weapons attack on Damascus, this time on the suburb of Jobar. The alleged attack resulted in casualties, activists told al Arabiya on Thursday.

The claim comes after a purported chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21.

Meanwhile, a report by United Nations inspectors examining an purported chemical attack in Syria will “probably” be published on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

“It will say that there was a chemical massacre,” Fabius told French radio, according to statements carried by Agence-France-Presse.

The U.N. team left Syria on Aug. 31, after collecting samples as part of their probe into an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in a suburb of the Syrian capital.

The U.S. and its allies have said the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out the attack, while Damascus and its ally Russia have said the opposition were responsible.

Sources told Reuters that the upcoming U.N. report will not explicitly pin the blame on any parties in the Syrian conflict.

However, their factual reporting alone could suggest which side in the country’s civil war was responsible, Reuters said.

The report could easily become a bargaining chip in talks between Moscow and Western powers on conditions for Syria to give up its chemical weapons and the terms of a United Nations Security Council resolution on the matter.

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