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The opposition Syrian National Coalition called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting after at least 100 people reportedly died in an alleged gas attack by the army on Wednesday.

“I call on the Security Council to convene urgently,” National Coalition leader Ahmed al-Jarba told Al-Arabiya news channel, condemning the Syrian army’s bombardment of the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus as a “massacre.”

He urged the UN commission of inquiry on the use of chemical weapons to visit the site.

In Cairo, the Arab League urged UN inspectors now in Syria to visit the site of the alleged attack immediately.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 100 people were killed in fierce army bombardment of the rebel stronghold, adding that the figure “will surely go up.”

A boy, affected by what activists say is nerve gas, breathes through an oxygen mask in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, on August 21, 2013 in this handout provided by Shaam News Network.
A boy, affected by what activists say is nerve gas, breathes through an oxygen mask in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, on August 21, 2013 in this handout provided by Shaam News Network.

It did not comment on allegations by anti-regime activists that the army had used chemical weapons.

According to activists, almost 500 people died of gas inhalation and exposure to chemical weapons.

Syrian authorities denied charges that the army used chemical arms.

IOL/AFP

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