The U.S. and its allies are calling for a swift investigation into the
latest reports of chemical weapons use in Syria. Russia, though, is
casting doubts on the allegations, which come just as UN inspectors
begin their long-delayed mission to look into past reports of chemical
weapons use. Russia says the timing suggests that “we are dealing with a
pre-planned provocation” by the rebels. Rebels say that hundreds of
people, including children, have been killed and Britain’s foreign
ministers says, if true, it marks a shocking escalation to the conflict.
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